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Alumnus Casey Logan’s “Come Celebrate the Knowledge You Never Knew You Had”

A+AH Alumnus Casey Logan exhibits in his second solo show with the gallery entitled Come Celebrate The Knowledge You Never Knew You Had.

For each piece, along with a title, Logan has added elegant descriptions that expand the pieces and act as dynamic partners. An earth globe and a moon globe are both covered with porcupine quills. They hang apart from each other. Logan explains, “During the winter porcupines must huddle together for warmth. But the closer they get to each other the more their quills irritate one another.” So they pull away. This cycle continues. Then, Logan speaks of how Freud utilized this metaphor to explain the “attractive/repulsive qualities of love.” Finally, Logan weaves a tale about the incestuous relationship between the earth and the moon, with the sun acting as a vengeful parent. The parable’s dark ending explains how this doomed union would translate into total destruction, with gravitational theory delivering a final blow.

Casey Logan’s work is immediately stimulating. The simple structure of his sculpture pulls in the viewer coupled with identifiable materials and concepts. A globe, a crate and a box are ordinary. Each possessing intrinsic meaning, Logan propels them into philosophical, scientific and psychological pieces of art that speak volumes.

With his work Logan aims to unify art world elitists with the average person on the street. Logan does not want his work to elicit awkward feeling when one doesn’t ‘get it’. The descriptions, titles, and the pieces themselves do not limit one’s interpretation, but rather illuminate endless possibilities. Together, the pieces and the descriptions allow everyone to Come Celebrate The Knowledge You Never Knew You Had.

Casey Logan has shown extensively throughout the Bay Area and beyond, most recently at the TULCA Art Show of Galway in Ireland. This summer, Logan will be an artist in residence at San Francisco Recycling and Disposal. He has been featured in such publications as the SF Chronicle, the SF weekly and the SF Bay Guardian, among others. He resides in Oakland.