Anastasia Tinari Projects is honored to present Zachary Cahill: USSA Sanctuary, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the city since his 2014 show at Museum of Contemporary Art. First formulated in Chicago in 2009, Zachary Cahill’s long-term exhibition-based project “USSA” explores concepts of nation building. USSA posits that art does not have the power to change the world, it is the power to change the world. The USSA has taken the form of an Orphanage, followed by a Gift Shop, Wellness Center, a State Farm, and now a state-church dubbed the Assembly. USSA Sanctuary will present new paintings, sculpture, and a séance performance that will comprise the first full exhibition component of Cahill’s USSA Assembly in Chicago.
USSA Sanctuary is a meditation on repair and rescue through solidarity. Futuristic in its orientation, USSA Sanctuary proposes political possibilities through the valances of abstraction and fantasy. If we live in a world composed of alt-facts and fake news, then it follows that the imagination, the very cogwheels of art itself, is a site for socio-politico contestation. If the old gods are silent, implore new ones to sing. If humanities’ temples are in ruins, build a bright one that shines. If the cosmos is out alignment, draw new trajectories for the stars. If the house of trust has been broken, cast and fire new brick of faith. If the unity has been splintered, assemble. If you do not agree with this world, conjure a new one. Construct a sacred space. Make a sanctuary.
Zachary Cahill is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist. He has had solo shows at Regina Rex, New York, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Threewalls, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. His work has been included in group exhibitions including: the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014), The Works, Contemporary Art Brussels (2015), and “Broken Flag” Iceberg Projects, Chicago (2016), among others. A widely published author, Cahill's writing has appeared in Afterall, Artforum, The Exhibitionist, Frieze, and Mousse. ArtReview recently profiled Zachary Cahill for its 2017 special issue The Future Greats, a selection of twelve artists from around the world that take on the complexity of the contemporary moment. He is Curator at the University of Chicago's Gray Center.