The Patriarch of Pathetic Aesthetics
Intensely analytical, and insanely awkward, his art is the absolute picture of the "Pathetic Aesthetic"— and definitely deserving of having dubbed him the "human dynamo of insecurity." Though it could become sentimental or overwhelmingly sad, his delivery of self-doubt is articulate. There's something refreshing about the irreverence he's achieved in every show, or piece he's produced— which is all the more obvious amongst all of the currently trending "art as cultural commentary."
There's nothing empty or easy about Cary— which is evidenced more than ever in his new exhibition at Invisible Exports. A multi-faceted array of farcical personal failure, his pieces, George Washington Redecorates Mount Vernon, Elizabeth Taylor is Thinking About Fried Chicken, Ugh He’s Crying Again, and Respect for the United States Constitution is a Turn On are pure joy. Joy might be the wrong word. But regardless there's an innately upsetting/uplifting spirit to this show — so, get off of Instagram, the memes will wait, and head on over.