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World’s End 

Wednesday, Jan 20 2010
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Struggling artists, pay attention: “For about the last eight years, I’ve been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me, I wake up with a panic and a heavy sense of inevitability.” Now this is how you begin an artist statement. We’ve never seen anything like it, and we’ve slogged through thousands of them. But its author, Amy Casey, is a rare talent: In her untitled solo exhibit, she makes the end of the world look like a pretty neat place to be, with an Earth cratered beneath lashed-together neighborhoods fighting for survival, bundled into twisted, loopy, nearly Dr. Seussian (or Popeye-ian, for those who’ve seen the incomparable 1980 film) clusters of humanity. Often these are floating, too, or swinging, or seemingly being carried off by the winds or off-frame explosions. Some rest on precarious stilts, hovering over a prickly Earth, or are piled on top of one another like a child’s game of city-Jenga. Sure, it looks fun. But recall the artist statement: This is no joke.
Jan. 20-Feb. 27, 2010

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