Visual arts: Photography by William Rasdell, Tom Casalini, and Kevin Raber

Photography by William Rasdell is part of the current show at Evan Lurie Gallery.

Photography by William Rasdell, Tom Casalini, and Kevin


Evan Lurie Gallery

Three stars

These three photographers, all Hoosiers, have traveled

widely to capture their digitally photographed (and printed) images. The

technical brilliance of Kevin Raber's photograph "Exceptional Light," which

captures a red-colored reflection in Icelandic waters against a blue glacial

backdrop, can't be denied. In capturing this image he used the world's highest

resolution camera, the Phase One AFD. You might wonder, in looking at this

image, if there's an inverse relationship between our increasing ability to

photograph such landscapes and the decreasing ecological integrity of said landscapes.

In contrast to Raber's crystal clear images, Tom Casalini's photographs, set in

rural Indiana and Italy, have a painterly feel. He has a good eye for spatial

relationships and a penchant for digital painterly touches, such as

pixilated/pointillist skies in "Indiana Barn #2." In the photograph Cinq Terra

#2, the brilliantly colored houses in a cliff-hanging Italian village might

make you wonder if there's an implied romanticism that comes with such a

digitally enhanced image. Is the grass always greener on the other side of the

Atlantic Ocean, as it were? William Rasdell's diptych "Untitled Mountain Range,

South Africa," might provide a hint of an answer. In this impressionistic photo

diptych, twilit oranges at the horizon fade to a shadowy foreground, drawing

you into its coming dawn or coming night. Through Aug 30;, 317-844-8400.


Arts Editor

Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.