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Casey Roberts
Cyanotypes: new work

Categorized as: Art & Galleries
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August 6 - 27, 2016

Roberts perhaps says it best right in the very first line of his own artist’s statement, “My work illustrates a fantastic landscape.” And what a fantastic landscape it is where butterflies loom larger than the moon, buffalo dance lightly on beds of flowers and the sparkles of the sun’s reflection take center stage. Working with a photochemical process known as cyanotype, Roberts limits his palette essentially to shades of blue. The cyanotype is a civil war era process that when exposed to sunlight and developed gives a vibrant blue image. Roberts paints with this light sensitive medium directly on paper and then works back into the image with every day chemicals like baking soda, bleach and peroxide to achieve a limited range of colors and textures thru controlled chemical reactions. The process is repeated adding many layers until the image is fully realized, often finishing with watercolor painting or a collage element that adds a touch of whimsy.

In his own incredibly endearing way, Roberts illustrates the beauty, comedy and tragedy of this crazy thing we call life. Sometimes messy, perhaps even a bit dark at times, but always filled with humor, Roberts neither dictates nor narrates. He simply shares his experience, experiences that make us laugh out loud.

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