Shockoe Artspace is pleased to present Absurd Survival, a solo exhibition of recent and new paintings by Richmond-based painter Casey Criddle. In this exhibition, Criddle masterfully employs a myriad of painting techniques and effects that create a body of work depicting vivid “possible” worlds which are immediately delightful to the eyes while setting a tone for a more profound interplay between humor, human longing and something much darker. Criddle’s works satirically appropriate various genres of film and pop cultural idioms outsourced from a range of contexts, which together synthesize into a rich visual anthropological soil. A willing viewer is zoomed into thematic post cataclysmic situations where grounds for identity and hope are keenly thrown into question. This is a timely exhibition, which ultimately raises questions surrounding the frailty of our present condition, playing on and examining the assumptions that a large majority of current Western culture avoids and distracts themselves away from considering.