Circuit 12 Contemporary is pleased to present Of Land & Sea, a solo exhibition by San Francisco based artist Casey Gray. Join us for the opening Saturday, September 6th, from 6-10 pm.
One could say that the definition of art is the organization of experience. With the overwhelming amount of information saturating our lives on a continuous basis, it is easy to lose one’s focus. With this idea in mind, Casey Gray examines his relationship to the world around him, navigating through a logic defined by dichotomies; tropical vs. barren, north vs. south, memory vs. truth, perception vs. reality, digital vs. analog experience.
Of Land & Sea uses the natural landscape of the American West Coast and Gray’s experience growing up a California native as inspiration to explore these notions in over twenty new works on panel and paper. Tropical and desert themes combine in an abstract visual language where sunshine rules, bikini clad derrieres run rampant and fantastical dreamscapes are transformed into psychedelic still lifes.
The exhibition will also debut selections from two new bodies of work from Gray. The first is a collection of experimental works on paper depicting mundane objects such as flower vases, popsicles and pizza that appear to have been rippled creating an optical illusion. The symbols function similar to emoji and when viewed together can read as a sentence. A second group of voyeuristic works, portraying lethargic sunbathers lounging in the sand, marks Gray’s first exploration into figurative realism, and instantly connotes the works of Paul Cezanne.
Working exclusively with acrylic spray paint, Casey Gray has developed an approach to contemporary painting that is uniquely his own through innovative, hand drawn masking techniques. Using historical painting tropes as a point of departure, Gray’s desire is to create a visual language that explores the fluidity of personal experience that is the contemporary landscape. His work is heavily informed by Dutch Golden Age painting, skateboard culture, op and pop art, graffiti, cyber culture and computer graphics.
Casey Gray was born in the Bay Area and is currently living and working in San Francisco. He holds an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in cities including London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Portland, Baltimore, San Diego and San Francisco. Recent publications include a feature in Juxtapoz Magazine, New American Paintings, the Chinatown Newspaper, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Solo exhibitions include TROPIC (2013), Garden Party (2012), Style of Eye (2011) and ill Romantic (2010) all at White Walls in San Francisco.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Of Land & Sea will be on view through October 5, 2014.
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