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It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have a 10 page feature in the latest issue of JUXTAPOZ Magazine! I would like to send out my sincerest THANK YOU’s to Andrew McClintock of Ever Gold Gallery and SFAQ for doing the interview and portrait, as well as Evan Pricco, editor of JUXTAPOZ for making it all happen.
The March 2014 issue hit news stands on February 5th and is available at all major book sellers and local retailers. Pick one up today!
Opening Reception, Thursday January 16th, 6-10pm
Special Hours: Jan 17th-19th, 11am – 5:30pm
Aaron Terry, Adam Parker Smith, Alex Braubach, Austin McManus, Barry McGee, Ben Venom, Casey Gray, Charles Linder, Chris Duncan, Chris Corrente, Chris Sollars, Christian Ebert, Christine Ancalmo, David Bayus, David Jones, David Marc Grant, Dean Dempsey, Dennis Kernohan, Don Ed Hardy, Emily Gorman, Emily Chaves, Erik Foss, Facundo Arganaraz, Ferris Plock, Francesco Deiana, Gregory Ito, Guy Overfelt, Heather Sparks, Hilary Pecis, Jedd Hart, Jeremiah Jenkins, Jessica Flemming, Jessie Rose Vala, Jim Damron, Joey Enos, Josh Short, John Held, Jr., Julio Cesar Morales, Kate Bonner, Keith Boadwee, Kent Long, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Leigha Mason, Lisa K. Blatt, Lowell Darling, Lucien Shapiro, Lucy Kasofsky, Mario Ayala, Mark Benson, Mark Mulroney, Mark Van Proyen, Mary Joy Scott, Mary Ijichi, Mauricio Ancalmo, Meryl Pataky, Michelle Blade, Mike Paré, Mitsu Okubo, Molly Soda, Monica Canilao, Nina Dolores, Owen Takabayashi, Paul Kos, PEZ, Ray Potes, Rebecca Goldfarb, Robin Juan, Ryan Beavers, Ryan Coffey, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Malley, Sadie Barnette, Sandy Kim, Sarah Hotchkiss, Sean McFarland, Shalo P, Shelter Serra, Silver Warner, Tamra Seal, Tahitti Pehrson, Tim Sullivan, Tom Marioni, Tom Sachs, Tony Labat, Travis Collinson, Wally Hedrick, Whitney Lynn, Yokonori Stone
New Works by Casey Gray
White Walls is pleased to present TROPIC, a solo exhibition by San Francisco based artist Casey Gray. The opening reception will be Saturday, October 12, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through November 2, 2013.
Thematically centered around coastal culture and fare and featuring twenty new paintings in a tidal wave of color, TROPIC vibrates with a sun-washed psychedelic edge, leaving the viewer with a relative degree of optical nausea. Pineapple, palm trees, iguanas, sunsets, fruity cocktails, nautical flags, flamingo lawn ornaments and bikini clad derrieres are all but too abundant in this patchwork of tequila-sunrise memories and salty daydreams.
TROPIC highlights Gray’s dynamic range as an artist by featuring a fluid array of works in a variety styles. By collaging and manipulating a collection of carefully chosen internet source material into layered digital sketches, which he then references for each painting, Gray aims to present a non-linear narrative of a hypothetical vacation. This approach is driven by Gray’s interest in exploring the conceptual space created from the dichotomy of digital verses tangible experience, and to create work that acts as an interface between the two.
In “Beach Party 3, 2, 1” a basket of fruit and beach toys takes center stage under an umbrella in what one might guess is a lazy afternoon picnic. A pair of feet with brightly painted toenails interrupt the foreground of the painting, and coupled with a polka-dot bikini top shoved into the right corner, give the impression that the viewer is seeing through a topless sunbather’s lethargic gaze. In “A Collection of Natural Treasures”, Gray presents a trompe l’oeil arrangement of natural and manmade objects composed in a curiosity cabinet, each sectioned off into its own box, elevating their symbolism and story. While there are also more traditional still life paintings included in the show such as his wildly popular floral series, Gray sidesteps towards the abstract with pieces like “Blue Hawaii”, “Havana Cooler” and “Waterlemon Melonade”, each of which is based off of tropical wallpaper samples. “Blue Hawaii” features a linear pattern of stylized palm trees gradating from golden yellow to deep fuchsia. The tranquility of the pattern is cut short by large gestural stripes of negative space fractioning the piece into a broken mirror of floating shards, yet the breezy undercurrent of TROPIC is still accounted for. When viewed altogether, the works come alive like a warm island wind, ebbing and flowing with the rhythm of the seas.
Casey Gray was born in 1983 in Palo Alto, CA and received his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. His work has been included in group shows at Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; Breeze Block Gallery, Portland; Nudashank, Baltimore; Gallery Yves LaRoche, Montreal; 941 Geary, San Francisco, among others. Solo exhibitions include Garden Party (2012), Style of Eye (2011) and Ill Romantic (2010) all at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco.
Opening Reception – October 12, 2013, 7-11 pm
On View Through November 02, 2013
@ White Walls Project Space (www.whitewallssf.com
886 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA
I am thrilled and honored to announce my participation in the group show Milestone #1 at CIRCUIT 12 CONTEMPORARY in Dallas, TX. The show will include an exciting and colorful blend of contemporary painting, drawing and sculpture from a terrific group of artists such as Ryan Travis Christian, Clark Goolsby, Jamie Treadwell, Josh Reames and others. The show opens this coming Saturday, April 6th and is not to be missed. Unfortunately I will not be in attendance, however you can see two of my new works for the show below!
I am excited to announce my participation in the upcoming exhibition PROJECT ONE WALLS at Project One Gallery here in SF.
PROJECT ONE WALLS
- FEB 7, 2013—JUL 1, 2013
Project One Gallery and Brooke Waterhouse are thrilled to introduce Project One Walls, an ongoing series of rotating murals from an eclectic array of artists. This exciting new project will commence with an opening reception on the evening of February 7, 2013. The inaugural exhibit curated by Brooke Waterhouse, Gallery Director of Project One Gallery, and Justin Giarla, founder & curator of San Francisco’s White Walls Gallery will feature murals by:
Ricardo Richey (Apex),
Rene Garcia Jr., and
Project One Walls offers a unique opportunity to promote and support some of our favorite artists and to invigorate the local art community by gathering a number of artists into a single gallery space. Project One Walls will be open for public viewing on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM – 5 PM, with extended hours on some evenings.
Future exhibits will be organized by Director Brooke Waterhouse , Justin Giarla of White Walls, as well as curators and gallery directors from around the world.
About the Artists:
René Garcia, Jr. has been a resident artist with Project One Gallery since its inception. He considers it “a unique privilege” to have grown alongside Project One, which he describes as “a meeting hall for a growing arts community”. His glitter pieces have recently delighted viewers at Aqua Art Miami. For Project One Walls, he will reimagine traditional wallpaper by reconstructing two or three color floral motifs as customized red and blue anaglyphs, which reveal erotic and sensual imagery when viewed through 3D glasses.
London-based street artist Ben Eine, who began by tagging walls and painting trains as a teenager, crossed over into street art in the early 2000s. He has brightened walls all over San Francisco and throughout the world, with his easily recognizable stenciled letterforms.
Casey Gray, a Bay Area native and San Francisco-based artist whose work has been featured locally, nationally, and internationally, works primarily with spray paint and hand drawn stencil techniques. He will be installing a vividly colorful mural depicting various vases and other vessels intended to serve as metaphors for bodies, representing the diversity of our outer appearance and the secrecy of that which is contained within, prompting a sense of introspection.
Ricardo Richey, known to the graffiti world as Apex, has been a fixture within San Francisco’s street art community for many years, collaborating with graffiti and street art legends and mentoring younger artists, both in galleries and on the streets. Richey’s contribution to Project One Walls will expand on his exploration of abstract letterforms while playing off the architecture of the gallery space, inviting viewers to feel as though they have stepped into the painting itself.
Jet Martinez is a Mexican-born, San Francisco-based muralist and painter whose vibrant and detailed murals can be spotted in neighborhoods across San Francisco, throughout the bay & all over the country. Drawing inspiration from Mexican folk arts his wall will depict a reinterpretation of Oaxacan embroidery patterns, with large floral patterning in bold colors filling the entirety of the space.
Nick Flatt, a realist painter and sculptor notable for his provocative, hyper-realistic large-format portraits, came to San Francisco from Dallas, Texas and was featured in a solo exhibit at Project One last year. His piece for this exhibit, a commodified, mass-manufactured interpretation of an idealized woman, is entitled “In Ford we Trust”, a nod to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.
About Project One Gallery
Project One Gallery is located in a 3,200 square foot converted warehouse space in San Francisco’s design district. For the past four years, Gallery Director Brooke Waterhouse, has curated a diverse mix of local, national, and international emerging contemporary artists. Brooke is also a member of the board of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
In addition to its gallery, Project One also contains a lounge featuring a state-of-the-art sound system and full bar and has been praised by the New York Times for its “devoted and eclectic clientele” and sophisticated ambiance. Project One was recently remodeled under the direction of Rich Hansen of Indicate Design.
I am very excited to be featured in the latest issue of NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS, #103. Unfortunately online sales of the book are sold out, however you should be able to pick up a copy at your local B&N or other major bookseller for the next month.
I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting a selection of new works with White Walls Gallery at the SCOPE MIAMI Art Fair 2012. Unfortunately I will not be attending this year however. Scroll down for a sneak peak of two of my most recent paintings which will be on view at the fair. For inquiries contact email@example.com
Tuesday | Dec 4 | 3pm-9pm
For VIP and Press
(or $100 donation at door)
Wed – Sat | Dec 5 – Dec 8 | 11am – 7pm
Sun | Dec 9 | 11am – 6pm
Basket of Tropical Fruit with Toucan, acrylic spray paint on panel, 48 x 36 inches, 2012.
Basket of Fruits and Vegetables with Serpent and Skull, acrylic spray paint on panel, 48 x 36 inches, 2012.