Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 11:33 am


Photographer Joseph Casciano exhibits “Illuminated” in the Easthampton City Arts+ Gallery on March 4 through April 1, 2013. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, March 9, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Art Walk Easthampton.

In 2009, Joseph Casciano bought a pocket digital camera and carried it everywhere. “My process feels more like collecting and organizing than inspired creation. I am gathering evidence and doing fieldwork, not making art,” he says.

Casciano’s snapshots pull from influences of William Eggleston and Peter Fraser, finding importance in the unremarkable with color and sometimes, hard digital light. His subject matter captures a random quality of visual acquisition — in one image is light captured at a glance through parting trees and another is a multitude of lamps and hanging lights shining in unison on a showroom floor. These are images that encompass a sense of commonplace however also are truly enigmatic.

“My family photo albums have the kinds of images you might expect: vacations and day-trips, family gatherings, graduations and weddings; but I was always more intrigued by photographs that were not obviously commemorative. I loved the images at the margins, the accidental exposure taken as a new roll is loaded, the unremarkable corner of a living room, ” he explains.

Through these moments of the everyday is a scrutiny of selection. Casciano’s process includes an intensive editing process while maintaining an intuitive sensibility. Through choice, he produces an existential regard to the familiar.

Casciano attended the School of Visual Arts and graduated with a degree in Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts. In 2011, his work was included in the exhibition Follow the River in Hosmer Gallery in the Forbes Library. He has experience as a freelance photographer and videographer and as a photography studio production manager. Casciano is an ECA+ artist and lives and works in Easthampton, MA.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. The ECA+ gallery is located at 43 Main Street, Easthampton, MA. Gallery Hours are Monday- Thursday and Saturday, 12 - 6 p.m.

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Mel Bosworth