Emotional Architecture James Casebere


Emotional Architecture

In Emotional Architecture, Casebere will present a body of work begun in the spring of 2016 and inspired by world-renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The title of the exhibition references the name given to the style of modernist architecture conceived by Barragán and the artist Mathias Goeritz, who, frustrated by the cold functionalism of Modernism, embraced space, color and light to create buildings that engendered warmth, meditation, and reflection.

In this new body of work, Casebere has returned to his career-long investigation of interior architectural spaces to explore Barragán’s sumptuous use of color, dramatic light and simple planar surfaces. These new works evince the serene austerity of Casebere’s earlier series.

Casebere’s innovative work, having emerged as part of what became known as the “Pictures Generation” put him at the forefront of artists working in constructed photography. His practice over the last four decades reveals the influence of film, architecture, and art history. Devoid of human figures, the resulting images invite viewers to project into and inhabit the spaces he has created, relying on their imagination and memory to fill in the gaps.