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AMY CASEY Lost at the Bottom of the World: New Paintings September 6 - October 26, 2019 Opening Friday, September 6, 2019 Reception: 5:30 – 8 pm Artist will be present. Zg Gallery is excited to announce our 18th season opening with Amy Casey's solo exhibition "Lost at the Bottom of the World". Amy Casey States:  For the past 13 years I've been working on an evolving series of cityscapes which reflect my view of the world as a changeable nervous construction.  Using real places and elements of the landscape as sort of building blocks, I've been building and rebuilding my own cities in painstaking, almost meditative detail, tinkering with them as I try to make sense of the world.   Lately - in these strange and exhausting days, I’ve been thinking a lot about uncertainty.  In my recent paintings, that uncertainty and the idea of feeling or being lost is a focus for me.  A profound “lostness” which could be the unsettling experience of finding yourself in a world turning or already turned alien around you, or more optimistically, a “lostness” that could lead to a hopeful escape to a new world.  These paintings reveal a desire to escape into nature which unfortunately seems to be on a shakier ground than ever, in a changing climate.  A nature which though still inviting, is both under threat from us, and also threatening us in return. The water is rising.  The forest is cut down.  But stumps, while dead, often create a home for new life of a different type - even if only mosses, fungus and parasites.  Perhaps it is a cause for hope.  Life adapts and uses whatever resources are there to continue.  I guess that is what we will do.   Though I hope for the best, my paintings frequently express my anxiety for society and our world.   Amy Casey received her B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio.  She has been a recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, Emerging Artist Award, a Creative Workforce Fellowship and a Vermont Studio Artist Residency.  She has exhibited throughout the country in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, including the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, The Cleveland Institute of Art and has been commissioned by New York’s City’s MTA where her poster is currently hanging throughout the city’s train stations.  This will be Amy Casey’s seventh solo show with Zg Gallery in Chicago. “Lost at the Bottom of the World” will be on view from September 6 through October 26, 2019 Preview Amy Casey's new works: www.ZgGallery.com/casey.htm