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Casey Gray: Paper Trail
July 8 – August 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 5-8 PM
 
Legion
678 Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
 
Contact:
Sydney Pfaff / Alice Wu
tel 415-733-7900
info@legionsf.com
 
Legion presents Paper Trail, a solo presentation of new experimental works on paper by San Francisco-based artist Casey Gray. Gray’s paintings are made exclusively with acrylic spray paint and precision masking techniques. He creates fictional still-life works inspired by everyday observation and the organization of quotidian objects, combining a personal symbology with seemingly disparate images sourced from Google. Gray often works in serial format, exploring various historical painting tropes such as trompe l’oeil bulletin boards, Dutch still life painting, and curiosity cabinets.
 
Paper Trail highlights four medium-scale bulletin board paintings directly referencing Gray’s immediate studio environment. Formal compositions of everyday ephemera such as Starbucks napkins, coupons and Post-It notes are executed with Gray’s signature trompe l’oeil realism. Grip tape scraps and cutout paper shapes take center stage. Meanwhile, a pair of larger pieces, featuring loose shoestrings, suggests a wry dismantling of classical painting conceits.
 
Also included in Paper Trail is a selection of smaller, simple, graphic studies of fruit, vegetables, and landscapes, marking a recognizable shift in Gray’s normal practice. With these playful, more intimately-scaled works, Gray experiments with a range of surface treatments and textures, with the goal of expanding his visual vocabulary through the use of new specialty aerosol products and liquid acrylic paints. Viewed all together, the works in Paper Trail seem to reflect the artist in the very urgent midst of making, and the joy of discovering, in a moment of pause, that one’s studio detritus has in fact created a perfect, chance composition on the studio floor.
 
Gray received a B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from San Diego State University (2006) and an M.F.A. in Painting from San Francisco Art Institute (2010). Recent solo shows include Wave Pool at Park Life, San Francisco (2015) and Of Land & Sea at Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas (2014). He has exhibited extensively in group shows throughout the United States including in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Nashville, Portland, and Miami, among others. Gray’s work has been highlighted in publications such as Juxtapoz, Maake Magazine, New American Paintings, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
 
Casey Gray: Paper Trail is part of a series curated by Alice Wu for Legion. Legion’s 2016 programming, supported by an Alternative Exposure Grant, explores the intersection of art, commerce and design, and Chinatown, where Legion calls home. Legion is a contemporary lifestyle boutique representing independent designers, some local and exclusive to the area, including Kowtow, Ilana Kohn, Seek Collective, Cold Picnic, Ali Golden, and Ben Medansky. Founded by Bay Area native and fashion writer Sydney Pfaff, Legion also stocks a selection of home design, paper goods, and books.
 
Paper Trail is on view July 8 through August 19, 2016 at Legion, 678 Commercial Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. Legion is open Tuesday-Friday, 11AM-6PM, Saturday 1PM-5PM and by appointment. For further information and show images, please visit www.legionsf.com or contact Legion at info@legionsf.com or 415-733-7900.

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Summer Group Show 2016
June 2 – June 25
 
Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present our second annual Summer Group Show, featuring a vibrant mixture of represented artists, friends, and family. Our June exhibition brings together a multitude of makers who have helped shape the programming at Hashimoto, in addition to some new faces we look forward to welcoming to the space.
 
Since the gallery’s debut in December 2013, our represented roster has provided a lively mix of genres and mediums. Their ever-evolving practices reach anywhere from figurative investigations and large-scale murals, to site-specific installations and social satire. This year’s Summer Group Show will feature work from returning artists like distinguished painters Jessica Hess and John Wentz, as well as the multi-disciplinary Crystal Wagner and Hamberg-based street artist 1010 (pronounced ten-ten.)
 
Alongside the members of our roster, Summer Group Show will also feature artists who are less familiar to the gallery. This innovative group focuses on a developing language of material and the current discourse surrounding the new contemporary scene. Their wide array of practices range from the seamless ink and collaged works of Matthew Craven (New York) to the chaotic and seductive mixed media tableaux of Kate Klingbeil (Oakland, CA.) The saturated paintings of Mario Ayala (Los Angeles) and Casey Gray (San Francisco) display unconventional techniques of mark-making through the use of air brush and acrylic aerosol. Additionally, conceptual sculptor Jeremiah Jenkins (Richmond, CA) will be exhibiting with us for the first time, bringing a whole new notion of “object” to the gallery space. These perceptive artists will come together under one roof, representing the outstanding creative talent growing both locally and abroad.
 
FEATURED ARTISTS: 1010, Alex Ziv, Brett Flanigan, Casey Gray, Crystal Wagner, Heather Day, Jacqueline Norheim, Jeffrey Cheung, Jeremiah Jenkins, Jessica Hess, John Wentz, Kate Klingbeil, Mario Ayala, Matthew Craven, Pakayla Biehn, Steven Vasquez Lopez.
 
Please join us for our “Summer Group Show”, opening Thursday, June 2 with an evening reception from 6pm – 10pm. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 25.
 
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SAN FRANCISCO – Mirus Gallery is excited to announce its newest show “LOCAL II: a group show,” including artists from throughout the Bay Area to commemorate the reopening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). The gallery’s opening reception will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 13 and the show will be on display through Saturday, June 25.
 
LOCAL II: a group show will highlight and celebrate the rejuvenated arts scene in the city in conjunction with the SFMOMA reopening on Saturday, May 14, and coincide with several other highly anticipated gallery openings in the area.
 
The show will be co-curated by gallery director Jennifer A. Darland, alongside Paul Hemming. The two have brought together an eclectic mix of artists to demonstrate various art styles throughout the Bay Area with a focus on the artistic beat of the dynamic SOMA neighborhood.
 
For more information on this exhibit and to view recent works, please visit the gallery’s webpage.

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I will be showing two selections from a new series of fruit and floral works with Hashimoto Contemporary at ArtMarket SF starting tomorrow, Thursday April 27th – May 1, 2016. The fair is held at the iconic Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. For availability and more information, please contact the gallery.

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I’ll be showing some new work on paper in the group show Thick As Paper Thin, at Brilliant Champions in Brooklyn, NY next week. Very happy to be part of this show and to be working with some old friends at BC as they embark on their next creative endeavor. More info below….

Brilliant Champions Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works on paper by Morgan Blair, Ryan Travis Christian, Claire Colette, Randy Colosky, Langdon Graves and Casey Gray. “Thick As Paper Thin” is an eclectic mix of artists, some who will be revisiting their practice on paper while others nestle into the familiar comfort. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 15th, 2016 from 6-9pm at Brilliant Champions located at 5 Central Ave in Brooklyn, NY.

 

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Trompe l’oeil with 90’s Flare, aerosol acrylic on paper, 14 x 12 inches, 2016.
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I chatted with the lovely and talented Emily Burns over at MAAKE Magazine recently for an online Q & A feature on their website. Be on the lookout for a new feature in the upcoming print edition of the magazine early next year.

Maake Magazine is an online gallery and quarterly print magazine showcasing the work of emerging artists. Our goal is to exhibit innovative and experimental contemporary artwork and foster conversation and community. As the art world becomes more diverse we hope to support the expansion and reinvention of traditional disciplines of art and making, where media and methods converge and cross boundaries to create unique combinations. We explore the place where fiber, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, painting, digital, design and more come together to create exciting and groundbreaking work. We also actively promote the work of featured artists via social media, printed issues of our magazine and on the blog.”

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My latest bulletin board works are mentioned in an insightful review of the group show Tomorrow, on view at Hashimoto Contemporary through the end of the month, over at WHATS THE NAME OF OUR COLLECTIVE? More Below…

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“In form and content, the show repeatedly conjures the internet-age sentiment of aesthetic assemblage, the totalizing impulse that attempts to collate everything in one place and at one moment. Casey Gray’s twin corkboards, Trompe l’oeil with Head Shot and Trompe l’oeil with Mixed Feelings, achieve a simple and compelling iteration of this theme through collages of personal and cultural references rendered in a hyperreal aerosol acrylic. Gray’s work highlights the manner in which specific collections of mass objects often stand in for genuine individuality: think of the collaged quality of a Twitter page where tweets (themselves often commentary on events external to the user) and retweets intermingle or, quite literally, a Pinterest page.”

This Saturday, December 12th I will have one new piece in a silent auction with the Cub Collective at The Galallery in SF’s Mission District. This is a great event to support local artists and arts organizations, while bridging the gap between the industries of creative and tech in San Francisco. Visit thecub.co and see below for more info.

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Tulip Vase with Red & Yellow, spray paint on panel, 26 x 20 inches, 2015.
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I’m excited and honored to debut two new works from my latest series of bulletin board paintings in the highly anticipated group show TOMORROW at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. More information below…

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“Tomorrow”
a group show curated by Jessica Ross
December 5 – December 19

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present “Tomorrow” a group exhibition featuring the works of seventeen dynamic painters and mixed media artists from the Bay Area and beyond. The main focus of the exhibition is to present progressive trends in contemporary art with a diverse showcase of emerging and established artists, centering primarily on conceptual painting and contemporary illustration.

Representing a group of digitally minded artists and illustrators, “Tomorrow” is a multi-dimensional exhibition for a new kind of audience. Most artists in the show have developed their careers in an age where aesthetics are shifting to accommodate “screenic culture.” Threading together this wide range of artists is their steadfast commitment to conventional methods of art making. The result is a comprehensive look into post analogue painting, illustration and sculpture made exclusively through traditional processes.

“Tomorrow” is an experiment all its own, the show seeks to visually inquire into a myriad of different styles and techniques. Whilst some works embrace the high key, utilizing punched up colors, strong contrasts and clean minimal designs, others reject the abstract and embrace the representational free form of their painterly techniques. Featuring works from mostly young emerging Bay Area artists as well as some more established ones, “Tomorrow” is a strong display of what the future holds for contemporary art.

Participating artists:

Santiago Salvador Ascui • Mario Ayala • Sarah Bowser • Jeffrey Cheung • Matthew Craven • Amir H Fallah • Joseph Ferriso • Brett Flanigan • Michelle Fleck • Casey Gray • Ryan de la Hoz • Andrew Luck • John F. Malta • Sean Newport • Pablo de Pinho • Jenny Sharaf • Anna Valdez • Kristen Liu Wong • Alex Ziv

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Please join us for “Tomorrow”, opening Saturday, December 5 with an evening reception from 6pm – 10pm.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, December 19. For more information, additional images, or a collector’s preview, please email us at hashimotocontemporary@gmail.com

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Trompe l’oeil with Mixed Feelings, spray paint on panel, 20 x 16 inches, 2015.

 

 

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Trompe l’oeil with Headshot, spray paint on panel, 20 x 16 inches, 2015.
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