Alex Cassetti (b. 1993) is a photographic artist, based in New York City, currently pursuing a MFA at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.  Through his practice, Cassetti photographs subjects using dramatic light with formal compositions and an emphasis in black and white. Recent works explore the photographic surface along with photography’s relationship with abstraction. His images are reminiscent of Man Ray’s photograms, film noir, and the formalism of Bauhaus compositions. Cassetti’s work is a contemporary visual continuum of photography’s modernist past. His photographs are not created as windows of mirrors into a recognizable world, but question and -give pause, to the ever-changing, abstract reality we seem to inhabit. Cassetti’s use of heavy blacks is a compositional anchor that both limits and expands information from the subject matter. His use of black is ultimately a way to obfuscate where the photographs were taken: whether from a busy street in New York, his studio or the darkroom itself, the images appear fragmented yet connected within the unifying space of the photograph. Cassetti uses various techniques and experiments in order to make images that focus on the materiality of photography. Cassetti is interested in the collapse of space that photography produces. His most recent work explores printmaking and photographic projection, as a way to create sculptural interactions within architectural spaces, expanding beyond the tradition of hanging photographs on a gallery wall. 


Solo Exhibitions:


2019: Atopia: A Selection of Photographs by Alex Cassetti and Madeline Bialke: Greene House, Fort Greene, NY

2014: Alex Cassetti's New York, Hofstra University FORM Gallery Hempstead, NY


Selected Exhibitions:

2018: Aluminiati exhibition: School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2017: Making it Real: Analogue LDN at Ugly Duck, London, UK

2017: Analog V. Digital, Foley Gallery, New York, NY

2016: "School of Visual Arts Alumni Group Show" Photoville, New York, NY

2016: First Annual Chinese Nation Art Student Show

2016: “Mentors”, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY - Mentor Peter Macgill

2016: Group Show Seeing in Color Curated by Bill Armstrong - BFA Photography Gallery, New York, NY

2016: SVA Galleries booth, PULSE Art Fair, New York, New York, NY


Education:

2021 - Present MFA Studio Art: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 

2013 - 2016: BFA Photography: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2015 - 2016: Audited MPS Fashion Photography: School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Post Graduate Studies:

2016: Audited MA Photography: Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016: Audited MA Fashion Photography: London College of Fashion, London, UK

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