Andy Cahill at Safe Gallery

Artist: Andy Cahill

Exhibition title: Home

Venue: Safe Gallery, New York, US

Date: October 14 – November 12, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Safe Gallery, New York

You’re in your house and there’s a stranger with you in your house.
Any number of ways this scenario could spin out of control.

Let’s role play.

You be Leaseholder, I’ll be Subletter.
You be Landowner, I’ll be Trespasser.
You be Farmer’s Wife, I’ll be Family Dog.
You be Hummel Figure, I’ll be Shotgun Shell.
You be Peeping Tom, I’ll be Devil In The Drain.

(Brooklyn, NY, Oct 6, 2017) – Safe Gallery is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition, presenting a new body of work from Brooklyn-based artist, Andy Cahill. Titled Home , Cahill’s layered, prismatic fine lines swell into kaleidoscopic imagery of perverse domesticity. Home will be open Oct 14 through Nov 12 , 2017 with a reception for the artist Saturday, Oct 14, 6-9 pm at 1004 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY . Light refreshments will be served.

The artist applies a mixture of urethane paint via plastic squeeze bottles, creating a compilation of marks that seem to hover on the canvas. In a flick of Cahill’s wrist, clouds of paint splatter and curl into cartoonish, twisted scenery. Familiar yet strange settings fill each picture plane- a stern figure at a morphing dinner table; a house that grows ears; and a smoker who blows puff out of a shirt sleeve. Menacing characters are consistent in Cahill’s work, exposing the darkness and vulnerability of the male psyche.

This concept is vividly expressed in a thirteen foot panoramic triptych in which a half naked man crawls through the woods at dusk, grasping toward a purple house. Cahill is fearless in questioning our surroundings, his paintings poke holes in our collective daily routines and the aftermath is both haunting and cathartic.

Andy Cahill holds an MFA from Chicago Art Institute and a BFA from RISD. Cahill has exhibited in group shows, recently at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, CANADA in NY, New York, and Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA. He has also had a solo show at Paris, London, Hong Kong in Chicago and a two-person show at Safe Gallery in Brooklyn. Two years prior, Cahill was awarded a fellowship at Lighthouse Works on Fischer’s Island. Andy Cahill currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Progeny, 2016

Andy Cahill, Zero Sum Game, 2016

Andy Cahill, What Thomas Cole Would Do, 2017

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Your Head Is An Empty Shell, Your Body Is An Empty Tube, 2017

Andy Cahill, Four Holes, 2017

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, A Cartoonist Takes His Pleasure From Putting Pen To Paper, 2016

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Good Bad Bad Good Idea, 2016

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, House Warming _ House Cooling, 2017

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, Home, 2017, exhibition view, Safe Gallery, New York

Andy Cahill, A Tale As Old As Time, 2017

Andy Cahill, A Tale As Old As Time, 2017

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