University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art invites you to join us through November 5th of 2016 for an exhibition by Indiana Artist Casey Roberts. The exhibition is the second of a two part series meant to highlight the diversity and talent of Indiana Artists during the Bicentennial year. For this series, two important figures in the Indiana Arts Community were invited to choose an exhibition for the gallery space during the time leading up to and immediately following the torch relay passing through New Harmony.

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art board member, Jeremy Efroymson, selected the work of Indianapolis based artist, Casey Roberts. The works are created with a civil war era photochemical process known as cyanotype, that when exposed to sunlight gives a vibrant blue image. Roberts experiments with different materials in the process and finishes with added collage and painted elements.

“I paint with this light sensitive medium directly on paper or canvas. With everyday items such as baking soda, bleach and peroxide I am able to achieve a range of colors and textures thru controlled chemical reactions. I repeat this process adding many layers until the image is fully realized, often finishing with watercolor painting or a collage element.” (Roberts)

Nature is a central theme that weaves through Casey’s pieces. However, the work does not seek to reproduce a natural setting, but to utilize natural elements evoking a dialogue about man’s relationship to nature. A white buffalo standing in the light of a comet, a hare hiding in the earth, and a Sasquatch caught in momentary light create a sense of mystery, inviting the viewer into the artist’s world.

“My work illustrates a fantastic landscape. It represents nature's subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. A giant glow-in-the-dark heart, or a pile of precious gems tells us that we are loved, just as blood squirting from an oak tree trunk says, all is not well. I am inspired by my conversation with the landscape, I imagine long monologues when pine forests make me laugh and mountains test my patience.” (Roberts)

This exhibition is possible through the generous support of the Efroymson Family Fund.

This exhibition reflects the curatorial strategies of the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in that all shows are selected based on the three primary goals of providing opportunity, the creation of dialogue, and building connectivity within the region.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Vanderburgh Community 

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812/682-3156 

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