Sherman County artist Cameron Kaseberg, now living in Redmond, will be featured Jan. 30 on Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Kaseberg is becoming known as the artist who has taken the solvent transfer process of image making further than any artist working today. For Kaseberg, it’s simply an exploration of the process brought to prominence in the 1950s by Robert Rauschenberg.
“During my studies at Portland State University I found myself in a drawing class. It turned out to be a drawing class where we didn’t actually draw anything,” said Kaseberg. “We explored all kinds of processes, solvent transfer being one. I was hooked.”
Kaseberg finished college and went to work in the museum and tradeshow exhibit industry. After many years in Portland, he found himself changing gears and managing the family’s irrigation business in The Dalles.
“It was a definite change,” he said. “I was not in the creative environment I was used to. Although I had been playing with the solvent transfer process ever since college, a new energy came and I began pushing it more.”
With that new energy came a turn in Kasberg’s work and yet another shift in his career. His father retired, and after 11 years managing the irrigation store Kaseberg decided to return to his creative heart.
In 2008, Kaseberg saw a call to artists for a new art show in Bend, Art in the High Desert.
“I don’t know what possessed me to apply. I had never done an art festival and had been to only a handful,” Kaseberg said. “The interactions with other artists, the collectors and winning a Benchmark Award cemented my path.”
Six years later, Kaseberg has become a veteran of art festivals up and down the West Coast. He has moved to Central Oregon and become a part of the arts community, serving on the
Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places, the board of Art in the High Desert, and as a member of the High Desert Art League.
The “Oregon Art Beat” dream became reality for Kaseberg in May with an unexpected call from Katrina Sarson. A producer for “Oregon Art Beat,” Sarson had seen Kaseberg’s work on the Art in the High Desert website and was intrigued by the process. Within two weeks
Katrina and the Oregon Art Beat crew arrived in Redmond to begin filming Kaseberg story. “I was a nervous wreck,” he said, “but the moment they walked in the door all of my trepidation vanished. They were amazing.”
Please visit the Oregon Art Beat website at http://www.opb.org/ programs/ artbeat/ for date and time.
In the Columbia Gorge you can find his work at The Dalles Art Center and Westwind Frame and Gallery. For more information on Kaseberg’s work and schedule visit www.kaseberg .com and find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ KasebergDesign.