The walls of the Logan Square neighborhood institution Lula Cafe have long been adorned with the work of local artists. Each quarter, a new artist is honored with a semi-permanent installation curated by two of Lula’s former employees, Anders Nilsen and Marianne Fairbanks. The fall 2015 installation, Soft Power, features the cyanotype paintings of Casey Roberts. It launched in mid-October and will run through January 20th.
Roberts creates large images on watercolor paper coated with light-sensitive cyanotype emulsion. He exposes the resulting support to light with certain areas blocked by objects to produce shapes in the mottled matte blue so characteristic of the cyanotype process. Roberts works silhouettes into the resulting photogram with other chemicals, watercolor or gouache to create punctuated moments of color and suggest oblique narratives. The contrast of highly articulated natural forms and the simple graphic shapes of his hand are evocative of dreams and suggest classic children's book illustrations. An Indianapolis resident, Roberts earned a BFA from the Herron School of Art and Design and has shown his work internationally. For more information about Roberts, visit wildernessoverload.com.