Exhibition of Work by Hope Alumnus
Nate Cassie Opens Friday, Sept. 6
Posted August 19, 2002
HOLLAND -- 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,
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