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Reception: Friday, November 3rd

DOCUMENT is pleased to present Icons and Rituals, Andy Cahill’s first solo exhibition at the gallery.

“One of my earliest sexual memories is looking at the cover of a Bugs Bunny VHS tape I had rented from the video store. This was in the early 1990s, and I was six or seven years old.

The image is of Bugs Bunny bound to a post. One rope is wrapped around his shoulders, and another around his ears. The rope has been rendered with a little more detail than normal- each twist and frayed end has been elaborated. Four drops of sweat run down Bugs Bunny’s brow. He looks up in a state of wide-eyed alarm.

I rented the VHS tape because I was hoping to learn why this was happening to Bugs Bunny, who had done it, and what happens next. To my dismay, I discovered that the cartoons on the videotape had no correlation with the cover image. There was no escape.

This was more than I could process as a child. I hid the VHS tape behind a pillow on the couch. When I was alone I would pull the pillow back and look at it, then cover it again. I was obsessed with it, and deeply ashamed.

Looking at it now,  I understand why. A cartoon character is attractive because it is simple. The lack of specificity allows you to see yourself in it.  Bugs Bunny, therefore, is a surrogate for self. In this image, however, your surrogate looks back at you, and he waits for you to do something bad to him. To look at Bugs Bunny looking at you is to simultaneously occupy a dominant and submissive position. It is an unstable proposition.

I think of the VHS cover as an icon. It’s not a devotional aid, but looking at it allows me to access the elastic sexuality of a cartoon, where contradictions can exist without reconciliation. It’s a fun house mirror in which I see my darkest impulses neutralized, made buoyant and hysterical.”

– Andy Cahill

Andy Cahill (born 1985) holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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 solo shows at Paris London Hong Kong in Chicago and at Safe Gallery in Brooklyn. Cahill was awarded a fellowship at Lighthouse Works on Fischer’s Island in 2015. Andy Cahill currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

 

Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba (1986) and an MFA from Yale University’s School of Art (1991). She is a Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Chicago. No- table exhibitions include the Mumbai Photography Festival, Mumbai, India; MIT, Cambridge, MA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Photographers Gallery, London; The Denver Art Museum, CO; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC. Awards include the Canada Council International Residency, Kunstler- haus Bethanien, Berlin, The Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Publications include Ill Form and Void Full, Radius Press, 2014, Feast, Smart Museum of Art, UC Press, 2013, After All, Damiani, 2010, Hardly More Than Ever, Renaissance Society, 2004, Blink, Phaidon Press, 2002, and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Untitled #3 (From the series Albeit), 2013, Chromogenic print, 15h x 12w in. Edition of 7

Untitled #4 (From the series Albeit), 2013, Chromogenic print, 15h x 12w in. Edition of 7

Untitled #16 (From the series Albeit), 2013, Chromogenic print, 15h x 12w in. Edition of 7

BETWEEN THE WATERS

ERIN JANE NELSON

The Whitney Museum of American Art

Opening March 2018


This group exhibition features works by six emerging artists that address the inseparability of the natural and social worlds through a distinctly subjective or autobiographical lens. The artists included are: Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, London; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA), Demian DinéYazhi ́(b. 1983, Gallup, NM; lives and works in Portland, OR), Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago, IL; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY), Cy Gavin (b. 1985, Pittsburgh, PA; lives and works in New York, NY), Lena Henke (b. 1982, Warburg, Germany; lives and works New York, NY), and Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives and works in Atlanta, GA). Working in painting, sculpture, and video, these artists take environmental realities and histories of the land as a point of departure—from hydroelectric dam construction in Colombia and transatlantic underwater internet cables to Bermuda’s ecological and sociopolitical evolution—to create intuitive, sometimes fictional or fantastical narratives. In doing so, these works merge the mythical and the personal, collectively asserting the value of individual human experience while suggesting the limits of human reason.

The exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, and Margaret Kross, curatorial assistant.

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.