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James Casebere discusses what’s behind the image ‘On the Water’s Edge’

We asked James Casebere to tell us about a picture that means something to him, and why.

©James Casebere, Red/Orange Solo Pavilion, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly
©James Casebere, Red/Orange Solo Pavilion, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly

After making a body of work devoted to the houses of architect Luis Barragán, in and around Mexico City, I tried to incorporate his aesthetic and spiritual ambitions into structures of my own making. Borrowing bits and pieces here and there, I found myself making structures resembling cabanas, changing rooms, lifeguard stations, and beach houses.

In returning to the shore and the subject of climate change, I wanted to create an image of dauntless fortitude in the face of such change. I discovered that in order to make buildings of my own, even if only for a photograph, I needed to deal with issues of structure and form that go beyond the image and focus on strength, durability, material, texture, and the visceral impact of spatial relations in a way that acknowledges all the senses. Initially, I wanted to make structures for survival: spaces of rescue and refuge. Coincidentally, I found that a number of contemporary architects such as Frank Gehry began their careers designing houses with towers resembling lifeguard stations or, like Pascal Flammer, designing a lifeguard stand, pure and simple, which seemed to be about connecting with the archetypal nature of building.

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