James Casebere ( American, 1953 )

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James Casebere's studio process entails the construction of sets and models that the artist photographs. The resulting images portray eerily realistic environments, yet are devoid of any signs of human life, suggesting a sense of artificiality. Rather than attempting to portray actual sites, these spaces remain ambiguous and are charged with emotional significance, exploring the psychology of space and how memories are tied to such localities. In Tripoli, Casebere creates a night scene, an apparent conglomeration of coastal housing with lit windows casting a glow from within. As much as the buildings in their uniformity conjure a scene of luxury beachfront real estate, the title Tripoli offers a more nuanced and political connotation, implying a tension between the old world and the new, the rampant spread of capitalism, and conflict born out of such divergent ideologies.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 108.