Carbondale Arts presents two exhibitions opening to the public at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad in Carbondale on Friday, October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. In this body of work by Kirk Robinson, the idea of distance extends past fundamental process and into the concept of the paintings. For these paintings Kirk has given his models an averted focal point for their eyes. They are not fully engaged by the camera thus enabling their minds to wander as they stare off. The result is a portrait that is intimate in its study of their likeness but also leaves a void for what resides in that “near distance”. “Where the Light Gets In” is a full-scale immersive installation built by artist Vallee Noone especially for the R2 Gallery at The Launchpad. This cave-like piece invites and even depends on the viewer to enter and interact. Visitors will be surrounded by dark cave walls as they explore, investigating cracks of light and finding hidden elements that expand the viewers perception of the space. A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place on Friday October 12, at 5:30p.m. to meet the artists and for an opportunity to see the work before the exhibition opens to the public at 6p.m. For more information, visit carbondalearts.com or call (970) 963-1680.