Photographic pioneer James Casebere to visit UGA

Photographic pioneer James Casebere to visit UGA

Athens, Ga. – Noted American photographer James Casebere, one of the pioneers of set-up photography, will spend the week of Nov. 2 at the University of Georgia as a visiting artist in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Casebere will interact with students and faculty in critiques and give a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the art school. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Casebere’s artwork is an intersection of photography, architecture and sculpture in which he constructs small-scale models of interior architectural spaces, lights and photographs the models. Dramatic use of lighting and often flooding in the small spaces creates haunting versions of familiar interiors Casebere then presents in large-format photographic prints.

He has shown work at exhibitions around the world, including the 1985 Whitney Biennial. Whether interior suburban homes, prisons or iconic Moorish architecture, Casebere’s constructions of archetypal interiors abandoned of human presence blend studied detail of architectural installation with a critical approach to relationships of control and structure in broader society.

“James Casebere has been at the forefront of constructed photography since the 1970s, creating sets that intersect other media to present us with questions as to what is real and what isn’t,” said Mary Hallam Pearse, assistant professor of jewelry and metals in the art school who will serve as one of Casebere’s hosts during his visit to campus. “He will be doing critiques with a variety of students and because his work crosses so many boundaries, he’ll be able to speak across disciplines with many students.”

In addition to the public lecture, Casebere will hold a question and answer session in the photography area on the third floor of the art school on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. For more information, see http://art.uga.edu.