There is always a hope for light at the end of the tunnel, in this case it's found, but cutting through the middle rests a shadowy silhouette of a sturdy cave man taking steps into a brave new world. This imagery stems from the words Cave Homo that pro skateboarder Brian Anderson had drawn out on the pages of a notebook one day. The words acted as an all-encompassing idea for a new art show and zine.
The show was a culmination of Anderson’s life experiences represented in paintings and a newly minted book (666 copies to be exact). Anderson’s life in the last 18 years has been a wide range of celebration, from being nominated as Thrasher’s Skater of the Year in 1999 to coming out of the closet in 2016 to getting married to his partner. All the work speaks to this in a variety of mediums, but also explores Anderson’s digestion of the atmosphere created in the wake of the Trump Presidency.
Cave Homo also represented Anderson’s giant step out of the closet and skateboarding world. Closely collaborating with designer Luke Williams and photographer Christian Trippe, the trio were able to comb through Anderson’s 1,500 photos, personal collection of polaroids, and private notebooks to begin to piece everything together.
The center of the show was the support of friends and family that came to 208 Bowery during Cave Homo’s two day stint during NYC PRIDE last weekend. In the crowd was Photographer Giovianni Reda, who documented Anderson coming out of the closet for Vice, Nike teammate Stefan Janoski, and the LGBTQ community who all warmly embraced Anderson and his new work. Congrats!