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Casey Callahan

Fizz Featured Artist

Website: www.caseycallahanart.com Instagram: @caseyccallahan

Fizz’s online supplement features the work of Casey Callahan, an Omaha, Nebraska-based visual artist whose work “explores the intersections of childhood, identity, and memory through the lens of semiotics and technology.” This work, in particular, is an installation, the Phonological Loop, shown at Ghost Art Project’s The Sanctuarium in June of 2019.

The installation as a whole works to place “the viewer in an interactive multi-sensory experience of audio, video, movement, and aroma involving an amalgamation of memorabilia and found/assembled objects.” Through this situation, the viewer is immersed in memory references coupled with societal distinction, as well as understanding a biographical narrative present within the work overall.

Materials used as a vehicle in the installation evoke an almost societal context of nostalgia and present a generational observance of plastics and fabric-acting objects. Not only in context by meaning and implication, these materials relate through formal views of texture and color aesthetics.

Callahan’s work, and Phonological Loop overall, is a presentation of realities, fictions, and histories recorded and unrecorded.


"The residue of reality: a memory. Indistinct layers of recorded and unrecorded personal history stack so closely together that they bleed onto one another. Events superimpose and simplify through a process of collage that functions similar to self-constructed memory’s fabricated, simplified, and overlapping experiences. The pressure of one another, changing the shape of each other, evolving with time. The result: a simulated version of reality."

"I am interested in the influence technology, object, and repetition have on the way we collect and recall memories. As well as how this mediated recollection of memory often informs the construction and interpretation of one’s own personal identity and history. I aim to explore the overlap of documented and delusional realities that occur in my everyday life. I do this through a process of constructing my own autobiographical memories into physical objects, experiences and practices."

"Phonological Loop places the viewer in an interactive multi-sensory experience of audio, video, movement, and aroma involving an amalgamation of memorabilia and found/assembled objects. A reflection of memories, fragments, fiction, and the chaos of a multidimensional understanding. Dissected from their keeper, these elements come to fruition through their interaction and the experience of a third party— putting serendipity in the hands of the viewer."