CAITLIN CASS: Myths and Maxims
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2018, 6 - 9pm
On View: September 8 - 29, 2018
Exhibition Hours: Saturdays 12 - 3pm or by appointment
Argus Gallery: 1896 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Buffalo, NY – Argus Gallery is pleased to announce Myths and Maxims, an exhibition of recent works by local artist Caitlin Cass.
A combination of fables and truths, the illustrative works in this exhibition use humor as a vehicle for the exploration of our tumultuous social climate. A series of large works represent myths and smaller works depict individual maxims. The drawings are endearing, rendered in an accessible style akin to comics and political cartoons. They begin with a laugh and end with a poke in the pit of one’s stomach.
Underneath the initial playfulness lies unpleasant truth. Cass’s work considers the consequences of generations of shoddy ideas implemented across our Western timeline while maintaining some personal distance – the artist is not trying to tell us what to think, just giving us some things to think about. As Cass describes, “These are myths and maxims for uncertain times. They explore bad habits and inadequate solutions. Using words and pictures they offer up ideas without analysis. They will not change the world or indoctrinate but they will make you think something.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Caitlin Cass makes comics, drawings and counterfeit historical exhibits that folklorize historic failures and foretell grim futures. Often working under the moniker, The Great Moments in Western Civilization Cooperative, she questions the authority of traditional historical narratives by co-opting their power for her own devices.
Caitlin's recent counterfeit historical exhibits include How to Fly in America (part of Amid/In WNY at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center) and The Museum of Failure (which has been exhibited in Buffalo, Rochester, and Washington D.C.). In addition to exhibits, Caitlin draws and publishes a bimonthly comic periodical under the moniker The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent. Her comics have also appeared in The Public and The Chicago Reader and online at The Nib. She recently sold her first two gags to The New Yorker and was awarded a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Fiction. Caitlin lives and works in Buffalo and teaches Art at Buffalo Seminary.
Caitlin Cass’s website: https://www.caitlincass.com/