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"Catchall" - A Solo Exhibition by Casey Weldon

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Saturday, 8 February 2020 to Saturday, 29 February 2020
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Saturday, 8 February 2020 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Recess is pleased to present Catchall, a solo exhibition by Seattle-based artist Casey Weldon. In addition to Casey's trademark cat-themed paintings, Catchall will also include never-before-seen, Recess-exclusive prints and sticker sheets from his ongoing Love Cats series. 

 

Rendering light and neon colors with striking, fantastical comprehension, Weldon’s paintings appear uncannily backlit and digitally enhanced. Having spent many formative years in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Weldon’s vivid dreamscapes recall not only the flashy visuals and super-saturated displays throughout Hollywood and the Vegas Strip but also the adoration and adulation of our media-driven consumer culture. His surreal narratives, each distinctively luminous and visually unsettling, offer satirical commentary on our digital age and its exponentially absurd power over our everyday lives - all through imagery of the digital age’s most beloved icon: the cat.

 

Humanized by culturally sensational “internet cat” characters (represented both directly and figuratively) his works are, essentially, visual puns. They aim to provoke dialogue about grand current issues - war, surveillance, digital consumerism, social interactivity - punctuated by heartwarming cat references to help viewers find familiar comfort in these uncomfortable issues. Weldon’s feline-driven punchlines alleviate the detachment we all feel in our digital age of inescapable voyeurism, media saturation, and immediate consumerism.

 

In addition to these punny panels, Weldon has also added a new set of characters to his ongoing cast of musically-inspired “Love Cats” - just in time for Valentine’s Day. Despite its name, this series asserts coarse, belligerent messages; while some are soft and sweet (“Something Happens and I’m Head Over Heels” inspired by Tears for Fears, “When You’re Standing Oh So Near, I Kinda Lose My Mind” inspired by The Cars) most others are downright vicious (“I Want Your Soul, I Will Eat Your Soul” inspired by Aphex Twin, “Fuck You, I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” inspired by Rage Against the Machine.) They are screams of anarchy, defiance, and disappointment more than they are tidings of love and affection - both a fun, edgy inversion of stereotypical Hallmark drivel as well as a pointed reflection of contemporary views on love and Valentine’s Day.

 

Please join us for Catchall, opening February 8th with an evening reception from 6pm - 9pm. The artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through February 29th, 2020. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email email us at info@everybodylovesrecess.com.

 

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Catchall -  a solo exhibition by Casey Weldon

 

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Recess

816 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

 

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Opening night reception: Saturday, February 8th, 6pm - 9pm

On view: Saturday, February 8th through Saturday, February 29th, 2020

 

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Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/205660683812752/

Recess: www.everybodylovesrecess.com

Casey Weldon: https://caseyweldon.com/

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Casey Weldon was born in southern California, where he spent the majority of his life up to his graduation from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. After operating a studio out of Las Vegas, Weldon relocated to New York, then California, and now Portland where he works as a full time artist. His fine art, imbued with a sumptuous illustrative quality, is indicative of his profession. Weldon’s paintings are inspired by the iconography of today and yesterday’s pop culture, and through it aims to awaken feelings of nostalgia within the viewer, though often along with a sense of humor, melancholy, and longing for times lost.

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Recess San Francisco is a new contemporary art gallery and boutique from the same team that brought you Spoke Art and Hashimoto Contemporary. Started in January 2020, Recess aims to showcase emerging artists through a program of monthly exhibitions and limited edition, artist-designed goods. We strive to provide a fun, vibrant space for artists to experiment and grow while offering unique, affordable art goods for every type of creative collector. Let’s take a break and enjoy art together - after all, everybody loves Recess!

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816 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

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