In his most dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition to date, Caff Adeus sheds light on his own inner turmoil by warping reality to visually depict the manifestation of stress, doubts, insecurities, depression, trauma, anxiety, and the like, and how all of these things silently push and bend us from within. This collection of photographs explores an altered consciousness in which repetitive, highly destructive, repressed, and unhealthy thoughts physically mutate the human body beyond it’s natural capacity, until the darkness inside is visible to the world. His theory reaches a hauntingly beautiful conclusion through subtle manipulation of the images to expose the wolf beneath the wool.
Although surreal in it’s execution, Woolvs summons a collective reality in which anxiety, trauma, stress, and even death, largely loom. Bridging the gap using professional dancers, Caff Adeus is able to tell a very important story, through photographs, that is often neglected. The ultimate goal is to use Woolvs’ to bring awareness to the individuals dealing with mental disorders, the courageous LGBTQ community fighting to be themselves, and the brave individuals on the battlefield against PTSD.
In a departure from the traditional narrative of the mythical tree of knowledge, Caff Adeus presents a powerful commentary in his series, Forbidden Fruit. Rather than portraying the fruit of temptation, the aerialist in the series represent the different forms of artistic expression that are too often out of reach, or otherwise unavailable, due to arts education program cut backs in our communities. The arts are essential to a thriving society, yet somehow they are considered expendable. As a product of the arts world, Caff Adeus hopes this collection of photographs inspire, captivate, and motivate individuals, parents, and policy makers to take action to keep the arts alive and accessible to all.
The images used for Satellites were inspired by the choreography from the KCBC performance of Moon Phases. In this photographic interpretation, each person represents a natural satellite, similar to our moon and other moons of different planets in our solar system. They are all orbiting and held in place by theory much like gravity, but ultimately moving through space and time on slightly different trajectories. The lighting used here by Caff Adeus is meant to inject more subjectivity to not only the image itself, but also to the poses. By recreating the darkness of space to obscure the majority of the human form, it forces the mind to imagine how the rest of the image may look.