Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
A tree could bleed if landscapes had eyes. Rays of light would break open atmospheric skies, and semi-circle hollows in the dirt might fill up with groundwater. Man-like bears and floating hands, maps and skulls and gems make up the idiosyncratic mythologies of Casey Roberts (who, for those familiar with the Asthmatic Kitty catalog, designed the cover for Belltower’s EP “Sweet Fruit”).
Roberts’ process is somewhat unusual. Usually used photographically, cyanotype is a brushed emulsion that allows a photographer to print onto soft papers in a range of blues that approach indigo. It has been used most functionally for architectural blueprints. In the hands of Casey Roberts, cyanotype takes on an unearthly quality, born of the combination of painting and exposure to light, and other chemical collaborators like bleach and baking soda. The result is a graceful clumsiness, a conscious overlapping of transparencies that do not hide the watery edges or mixed concentrations of Roberts’ concoctions. The process serves to give his paintings a beautiful, if limited, color palette, which makes them feel like many pieces of a long continuing story that takes place in a topsy-turvy hinterland…speaking, sighing, creaking and crying.
Casey’s site: www.wildernessoverload.comGala Bent is a mother-artist-teacher living in Seattle who enjoys, among other things, this thought: between thesis and antithesis arcs the ever-loving synthesis. www.galabent.com