Jennie showed us some paintings and asked us to write down our initial ideas.  I found this quite helpful as usually i take some time to decide on my opinion.  The two that appealed to me straight away were by the same artist – James Casebere.  Initially i thought they were paintings, until we were told that they are actually photographs of architecural constructions of built environments.

Casebere is interested in the point at which photography, architecture and sculpure intersect.  The table top constructions are modelled using plaster, styrofoam and cardboard then photographed and mounted onto plexiglass.  Casebere has also created room-sized installations of his models, where the work can be experienced.  The resulting works are both surreal and beautiful. The photographs have a ghost-like quality to them and interesting use of dramatic lighting.

 I love this quote about Casebere’s work, I totally agree with the idea of the photographs being quite haunting.

“Casebere’s creations are spiritual, sinister, and noisily silent, like the afermath of some cataclysm”

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Yellow Hallway

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Converging Hallways

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Monticello 2003

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Samarra

I absoluely love these photographs, particularly the vastness and serenity Casebere has created

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