A Forest of Uncertain Things

Amy Casey

November 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Foley Gallery is pleased to present A Forest of Uncertain Things, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Amy Casey. This will be the artist’s third exhibition with the gallery.

Amy Casey paints precariously balanced cityscapes magnificently detailed with each brick and windowpane rendered. Viewers are invited into Casey’s absurd, sometimes recognizable, often invented neighborhoods based on personal photographs taken during her travels. Casey has worked on this evolving series of cityscapes for the past 13 years. The most recent paintings in A Forest of Uncertain Things reflect uncertainty in these strange and exhausting days.

Of this new body of work, Casey says: “Early in 2017, I found myself lost in a Finnish forest after following a pleasing series of mossy rocks. With no sense of direction, no cell phone, no food or water, no real understanding of the language and no one to try it on should I want to, I felt the surge of adrenaline and panic that is basic to this situation. Though I obviously eventually made it home, I later recognized the feeling as being fairly representative of how I feel in the world right now, after November 2016. Lost, confused, not recognizing anything I thought I knew, not sure how I let this happen, with a low-level panic always just in reach and no idea of how to properly proceed in the world…” Though Casey hopes for the best, her paintings frequently express her anxiety for society and our world. 

Amy Casey received her BFA in painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1999.  She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally with solo shows in Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Her work has been published in The New York Times, New American Paintings, Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose, and Elephant and Harper's Magazine. Casey has been awarded two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, the Cleveland Arts Prize as an emerging artist and a grant through CPAC’s Creative Workforce Fellowship program. Amy Casey currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Forest of Uncertain Things is on view through January 6th, 2019. Foley Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 – 5:30pm and Sunday from 12-5pm. To request images; please contact the gallery at info@foleygallery.com.