posted August 19, 2002

Exhibit of Work by Nate Cassie '92 Opens Sept. 6

Texas artist and Hope College alumnus Nate Cassie opens the 2002-03 exhibition season at the college's De Pree Art Center with "Bivouac," an installation pulling the entire exhibition space into a single artwork.

The exhibition will open with a reception and artist's lecture on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition will continue in the gallery through Sunday, Sept. 29.

The public is invited to both the opening and the exhibition. Admission is free.

The title plays on the literal definition of "bivouac," which the abridged "Webster's New World Dictionary" defines as "A temporary encampment in the open with improvised shelter."

In Cassie's own words, "'Bivouac' is a new installation, built specifically for De Pree Art Center Gallery, which draws its basic form from the Golden Mean and the Fibonacci Sequence--mathematical patterns found in nature, music, and classical architecture. 'Bivouac' utilizes basic construction materials and methods common to contemporary architecture and involved with commercial spaces, rural spaces and sacred spaces -- from Watts Towers to a beach hut in Oaxaca, Mexico. A sound component acts as a uniting feature to the visual experience of the piece with sound filling the entire space and making it whole. 'Bivouac' is a temporary shelter, in some respects not unlike a student's shelter at a college. The installation involves patterns and methods of motion which draw us closer as a world and also push us further apart."

Cassie graduated from Hope College with a bachelor of arts degree in studio art in 1992, and went on to receive his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Since then, he has exhibited widely in such venues as the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas, and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is a past fellow in the ArtPace Foundation's International Artist in Residence Program in San Antonio and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts' FIVA residency program in Miami.

The De Pree Art Center is located at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The gallery is handicapped accessible.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (616) 395-7500.