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Catharsis: Casey Weldon
Nov 30-Dec 22
Opening Reception: November 30th, 2017 6 - 8pm On view: November 30th - December 22nd, 2017 SPOKE NYC is pleased to present Catharsis an exhibition by Seattle-based artist, Casey Weldon in what will be his inaugural solo exhibition at SPOKE NYC and fourth exhibition with SPOKE ART. Catharsis is an exploration into Weldons surreal, stylized world inspired by pop culture. Consisting of a new body of paintings, Weldon uses cats as inspiration to create a satirical analysis on the internet and social media. Weldons narrative based acrylic paintings draw out the light, glowing with a mysterious luminosity. Piercing eyes gaze back at the viewer, drawing you in and inviting you to observe their unsettling and humorous environment. Focusing on pop culture, Weldons work is a commentary on modern day life and our dependency on social media. Inspired by Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton and other 20th century surrealist painters, Weldons dream-like and fantastical narratives playfully coax the viewer to consider the role of social media in our everyday lives - the absurdity of time spent scrolling through photographs and feeds, as well as the the withdrawn insularity of choosing social media over genuine social interactions. About his work, the artist states, With the rise of social media, shared adoration and adulation have made the cat pic a frequent daily affair. Simultaneously pulling at our heart strings and poking our funny bones, the cat is equally worshiped and laughed at. This is a body of work exploring this duality while allowing me to hopefully get this whole cat painting thing out of my system. Please join us Thursday, November 30th from 6 - 8 pm for the opening reception of Catharsis. Complimentary beverages will be served and the artist will be in attendance. For more information, or additional images, please email us at nyc@spoke-art.com.