Kasey Short (MFA '15) at Big Medium, Austin, TX

Media Contact: Jordan Gentry gentry@bigmedium.org (512) 939-6665

Big Medium Presents
Kasey Short: 5 Plus Hearts

Exhibition dates: July 12 - August 8, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, July 12, 7-10pm
Address: 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 12-6pm and by appointment

5 Plus Hearts explores different approaches in encountering human behavior and survival. The perspective is built from underneath the bleachers to simulate an environment of the minds’ subconscious. The installation navigates through the brain activating seduction, confusion, and sensation. In the process of the installation, my work relies heavily on instinct and humor. 5 Plus Hearts is informed by the notion of Divine Sarcasm, which is a representation of good and evil within American Institutions.

Kasey Short is an American artist from Texas. Short’s artistic output stems from his background in painting, branching off into sculpture, installation, printmaking and video. Short's recent work examines the anti-heroic object, Americana, sporting events, and engages in a playful and at times irreverent dialogue with art historical icons. Rigorously casual and emphatically apathetic, Short's sculptural work presents familiar forms distorted and transformed through both intuitive and counter-intuitive processes involving word play, material shifts and purposefully failed likenesses. In his video works, the artist depicts the scenes adjacent to his other pieces, producing a haunting, comedic and disjointed reality in which clear narrative is disambiguated. The way in which he uses sound and performers invents a world where the behaviors and circumstances are at once familiar and mysterious, furthering the confusion of the artist’s intentions.

Kasey Short was included in the 2013 Texas Biennial, and has shown internationally at venues including Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Teal Art gallery in Breckenridge, CO and University of Texas at San Antonio taking part in the 2010 and 2012 New Art/Arte Nuevo Biennial. Kasey is a MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Big Medium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and present innovative exhibitions throughout the year. Big Medium provides affordable studio space to artists, and partners with various organizations in Texas to help foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.

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Big Medium is supported by generous contributions from private donors and funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.

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