Thanks to everyone at Juxtapoz Magazine for the interview and web feature for my show Double Knotted at Hashimoto Contemporary in SF. Click HERE or the image below to check it out.
A sincere Thank You to writer Kelsey Lannin and VICE for the thoughtful feature on my work and recent show for The Creators Project. I’m honored and grateful for the support. To read the full article click HERE or the image below.
I’m super stoked to have collaborated with Hashimoto Contemporary to release my first enamel pin, the wavy slice of cheese! These came out so good that I think I’m going to have to make a few other designs too in the future. Drop by the gallery in San Francisco to pick one up in person, or otherwise order online HERE.
It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of Double Knotted, my first solo exhibition with Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.
For this body of work I utilize the shoelace as a tool and symbol for expressing a variety of concerns relating to connectivity, optimism, activism and identity. In certain paintings the laces form “loose” drawings of common symbols such as a rainbow, spider web or figure, while in others they function as pathways for leading your eye around the work, literally tying things together, emphasizing the relationship between objects and the complexity of navigating contemporary life.
This is a very meaningful and important exhibition for me on a personal level, as I will finally unveil what might be considered my greatest work to date, a 6 x 8 foot curiosity cabinet painting titled The Pursuit of Happiness. In this one piece alone I have upwards of 600 hours of labor, spread out over the course of two years in the studio. Wrought with personal anecdotes, symbolism and direct references to various other artists I’ve admired, this painting has evolved over time into a something of a self portrait, manifesting the struggles, achievements, observations and anxieties I’ve encountered on my own quest forward.
I invite you to please join me at the opening reception of Double Knotted, Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 6pm – 10pm. The show will be on view through April 22nd. For more information visit www.hashimotocontemporary.com. To receive an advanced collector preview, or for any other inquiries, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m pleased to have a six page feature about my roots and how I got started in the art world in Gross Magazine’s premier issue. The magazine is beautifully designed, and not only is it full of exclusive content, but absolutely zero ads. It also features twenty integrated high quality stickers, that when peeled reveal other hidden content. A unique concept to say the least, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Shouts to Victor and Kevin at Gross Mag for their support. Pick up your shrink-wrapped copy at select retailers in SF, NY, LA and Chicago amongst others, or online at www.grossmag.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Circuit 12 Contemporary is proud to present ABUNDANT PLAINS, a two person exhibition of new works by artists Casey Gray & Clark Goolsby. The show will be on view from October 15th – November 15th, 2016 with an opening reception on for October 15th from 6pm – 9pm. Both artists will be in attendance.
In today’s visual culture, context has become all but lost. As images stream in and out of our news feeds, mobile apps, and internet searches, we are granted access to an unprecedented array of content divorced from its context or origin. Individual images become malleable and interchangeable within this visual framework, stripped of identity by the homogenizing effect of technology. Casey Gray and Clark Goolsby are interested in how people process this visual cacophony. For this exhibition, the artists apply simple systems to their respective practices in an attempt to organize, sort through and make sense of this new visual landscape.
While the artists share a conceptual foundation between their work, their approaches to image making could not be more contrasted. Gray’s work is characterized by his commitment to aerosol paints and hand cut masking techniques, resulting in a type of skewed hyper-realism. Through pairing and separating specific objects and images, narratives can be told, identities can be formed and truths can be revealed. Subject matter is sourced and distributed into the works based on formal qualities as well as associations to past experience, memory and visions for the future. Final paintings emerge in the form of densely populated curiosity cabinets, trompe l’oeil bulletin boards and wild, colorful still life works.
Goolsby’s highly geometric works walk the line between painting and collage. Individual sheets of paper are hand worked with a variety of media, and then collaged into his final paintings. His work is an observation on our current era of free image circulation. By using a variety of disparate elements without context, he creates a chaotic world of brightly colored shapes and patterns engaged in a delicate balancing act. The end result is something of a visual paradox as each piece adds stress to a fragile web that’s tenuously held together and always on the verge of breaking apart.
Both artists share a commitment to precision craftsmanship and unique, process based practices that put their work at the forefront of contemporary painting conversations.
To inquire about available work, please contact the gallery at email@example.com or call directly at 214.760.1212.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Casey Gray: Paper Trail
July 8 – August 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 5-8 PM
678 Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Sydney Pfaff / Alice Wu
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-733-7900.
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.
Online Store: www.hashimotocontemporary.com/summer-group-show-2016/