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Lisson Gallery

Private Gallery
Lisson Gallery In Conversation: James Casebere
James Casebere
James Casebere
  Lisson Gallery is proud to present a programme of occasional free lunchtime talks, offering a unique opportunity to hear Lisson Gallery artists, other cultural figures and gallery staff discuss art and related topics.

Each talk gives the opportunity to discover first-hand the thoughts, processes and insights behind the artists' work. Each lecture is free but booking is essential as there are a limited number of places available.

The eleventh in the series will be a conversation between James Casebere, Mark Godfrey, Curator at Tate Modern and Greg Hilty, Lisson's Curatorial Director about works in James Casebere's solo show, Credit, Faith, Trust at Lisson Gallery (7 September - 1 October 2011).

Credit, Faith, Trust is an exhibition of new and recent works from James Casebere's Landscape with Houses series.

Working at the forefront of constructed photography since the late seventies, Casebere is associated with The Pictures Generation, a group of artists who combined a Pop obsession with media culture with the critical framework of Conceptual Art to redefine photography as a Postmodern medium in the 70s and 80s. Based upon his understanding of architectural, anthropological, art historical and cinematic sources, Casebere's detailed photographs address contemporary and historical social concerns. His work challenges the boundaries between reality and imagination, whether dealing with alienation in sixties America; addressing slavery and colonialism through black and white visions of cotton mills and covered wagons peppered with native American arrows; or questioning incarceration and the significance of state buildings.

The works in the Lisson exhibition signal a return to the American landscape, a subject Casebere began investigating over thirty years ago with his Life Story works. In the Landscape with Houses series, the artist expresses a fascination with the vernacular notion of home. The images are carefully constructed compositions based on a recreation of the suburban area of Dutchess County in Upstate New York as a model in the artist's studio. As one might reconstruct an experience of landscape from memory, the model houses were created one by one and only later placed on a set, reassembled in different configurations. Colours, architectural features and details, and the relative scale of parts were revisited several times, resulting in a pastiche of the ideal suburban neighbourhood.

Following the critical acclaim that the series received at the Whitney Biennal in 2010, three new images have been produced specifically for the Lisson Gallery exhibition and will be presented for the first time.

James Casebere 'In Conversation' with Mark Godfrey and Greg Hilty

Friday 9th September
12.30 - 13.30
52-54 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA

Free admission. Booking is essential.

James Casebere
Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #10, 2011.
Framed digital chromogenic print mounted to Dibond.
Approx 177 x 270 cm
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