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October 2013

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, Offers Works by Robert Cassanova

NC Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, NC, will present Robert Cassanova: Visual Rhythms of Art, Science and Religion - Photographs, on view in the Mims Gallery, from Oct. 4 through Nov. 3, 2013. A reception will be held on Oct. 11, from 7-9pm.

Cassanova has a long standing passion for photography and integrates the visualization process for art, science and religion into his photographic images. He uses medium and large format film cameras as well as a high resolution digital camera to capture visions of order, symmetry, flow of light & form, and patterns.

Cassanova’s career in aerospace engineering spanned more the 40 years while his passion for photography began as a young teenager. “My career in aerospace research has sensitized me to the interplay of the creative, and often transformative, processes in art, science and religion. Visualization of an image or a scientific concept is often the first step in creative breakthroughs in art and science. The presence of visual rhythms, the flow of light and form, order and symmetry are frequently represented in my photographic images.”

Cassanova’s portfolio includes visual themes of rustic farm life, architecture, growth patterns in plants, places of worship and scenes from the Sierra mountains, coastal areas, the Colorado plateau, France and Italy.

The process of photography provides context for isolating a portion of visual reality. Black and white photography, in particular, further enhances the focus of the viewer on shapes, the flow of light and form, and limits the context of the image by eliminating color from the visual stimuli. Cassanova is a dedicated creator of black and white images on silver gelatin paper produced in a conventional, wet chemical darkroom but occasionally scans B&W negatives for manipulation in Photoshop and production of inkjet prints.

Cassanova’s photographs have been exhibited in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington, the American Center for Physics, the Blount Bridgers House, the Annie D. Boykin Gallery and are on display in the US Embassy in Lima, Peru.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings call the gallery at 252/985-5268 or visit (www.ncwc.edu/Arts/Mims/).

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