“Casey Spec­tac­u­lar”

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he calls him­self, his nom de art – his nom de ev­ery­thing, for that mat­ter. His paint­ings. His videos. His drag self, when he was into that. His nar­row loft space, above Hy­gienic Gallery.

The loft (“the best apart­ment I’ve ever had,” he calls it) is his per­sonal portrait gallery, with floor-to-ceil­ing paint­ings ofMe­dusa and drag queens he’s known; and artist friends and chil­dren stand­ing atop mounds of skulls and him­self as a child in a T-shirt that says “Lost” and many more.

CaseyMo­ran is his given name. On a re­cent morn­ing his sten­ciled, palegray T-shirt reads, I IS SOME ONE ELSE. It’s a line trans­lated from 19th­cen­tury avant-garde poet Arthur Rim­baud’s dec­la­ra­tion, “Je est un autre.” He says, of his T-shirt, “It’s more like, ‘I’mnot who you think I am.’”

An ex­cerpt from his Artist’s State­ment says a bit more about who that is: “Casey Spec­tac­u­lar cre­ates a soap-opera world of char­ac­ters marred by smudged mas­cara, cig­a­rette breath, and so­cial in­ep­ti­tude. Though loud and needy, they are never as im­por­tant as what sur­rounds them. He is a sto­ry­teller— he

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