The walls of Cause Spirits & Soundbar serve as a crowded gallery for a diverse array of work by local artists, and last night I spotted this eerie print by Shanna Allyn staring across the room at National Bird. I was taken enough to send an e-mail of inquiry to Allyn, but when I woke up this morning I realized that this piece is probably a little intense for a studio apartment where it can’t really be escaped.
So I won’t be buying the piece, but it’s a remarkable print, from Allyn’s Strange Beautiful series. Its impact is heightened by a tray-like white frame that aptly recalls Matthew Barney’s Vaseline-infused custom frames for his own surreal photographs. See it, and two other pieces by Allyn, now on display at Cause. If you have a home spacious enough that Allyn’s haunting work won’t be the first thing you see in the morning, consider making a purchase.