Hometown Heroes: Lost and Found in Translation

“Dad would always, ALWAYS, say, ‘She’s a Cincinnati girl. Her real name was Doris Kappelhoff from Norwood.’” With this series of portraits, Dave McCabe is reinterpreting the visual brands of iconic Cincinnati celebrities, celebrating their hometown roots even as each visage takes on a strange graphic quality, the familiar marrying the alien, acting as a backdrop for an original interplay that mines retro imagery, repositioning portraiture as an updated take on, and an homage to, Sigmund Freud’s concept of the Uncanny.

Originally from Cincinnati’s far West Side, Dave McCabe lived in Chicago and San Francisco (with a brief stint as a Christian bookstore manager in Winona Lake, Indiana) for over 30 years. He is now back in Cincinnati, where he works (not enough) as a graphic designer.

exhibition opening: 6-9pm, Fri 29 Sep 2017