some arty (or not so) chit chat by John Casey
The Compound Gallery has a very, very cool printmaking show up now titled “It’s Alive!”. So many great installations in this show. The whole show is pretty much a big collaboration of prints by Melissa Brown, Kevin Bradley, Kevin Haas, Nathan Haenlein, Adriane Herman, Eric Hongisto, Amanda Knowles, Jeanne Lorenz, Anthony Ryan, Camilla Taylor, Richard Wohlfeiler, Defne Beyce, David Spiher, Zach Clark, Mari Pinotti, Moonyoung Sung, Jaymie Johnson. In the back gallery is an intriguing show of prints by inmates at San Quentin Prison. Makes me want to venture into printmaking some!
Aside from painting sculpture, I generally have not painted seriously for 20-something years. My BFA major at MassArt was Painting but after graduating, I quickly moved into sculpture end eventually drawing. Anyway, I have ventured back into the world of color and here is a few pics to show my process.
Some in progress pics here from the Carpe Diem event at Loakal in Oakland. I was super impressed with the work of the 20 artists, especially the ones who worked for almost the full 24 hours on their piece. Although I made some edits on mine periodically, I managed to work for about 13 hours with a dinner break. I’ll tell you, six hours at a stretch is my usual maximum. At a certain point I experience diminishing return on my effort due to fatigue. Needless to say I am super sore still from the hours of standing, squatting, ladder stepping, and arm moving. I will take some pics later this week of the finished works in the show along with artists names.
I will be participating in this cool show…
On March 29, 20 artists from different corners of the Bay Area’s art scene will gather at Loakal to seize the day, or carpe diem. Each person will be given a 4′ by 8′ panel and 24 hours to complete their work. The gallery will be open to the public all 24 hours of the painting day so that people can engage with the artists and observe their creative process.
Line-up: Brett Amory, Zoltron, Skinner, Jessica Hess, John Casey, Marcos LaFarga, Jet Martinez, Cannon Dill, Lauren YS, Max Kauffman, John Wentz, Eddie Colla, Ian Ross, Hueman, Nite Owl, Lisa Pisa, Chris Granillo, Reggie Warlock, Daryll Peirce and Cameron Thompson.
The following Friday, April 4, 6-10 pm, there will be an opening reception for the exhibition at Loakal with many of the artists in attendance. The artwork will be on view at Loakal through April 29.
Live Painting: March 29, 8 a.m. – March 30, 8 a.m.
Opening Reception: April 4, 6-10 pm
NIAD Art Center press info: “The pilot episode of “The Art Show” talks with Oakland artist John Casey about his drawings and sculptures, seeing his art tattooed on folks and covering the beginning of the East Bay art scene as a blogger. Oh yeah, and what’s really in “ham” salad. Casey is one of the more than 80 contemporary artists who generously donated work to our annual fundraiser Win Win 2. Yeah, we decided to give podcasting a whirl. “The Art Show,” produced by and recorded at NIAD Art Center, is hosted by Gallery Director Tim Buckwalter and Gallery Assistant Katie Johnson. Each episode features an interview with a local, national or NIAD artist talking about contemporary art… with a few brief, but interesting asides. Thanks for tuning in”.
Cool show up now at Faultline Artspace featuring studio artists. Some nice work in this group show. Artists include ESK-Evan WIlson, Yosiell Lorenzo, Janis Anton, Felicia Ann, Leisel Whitlock, David Polka, Madeleine Tonzi, Felicia Gabaldon, Ryan McJunkin, Mario Navasero, Charles Valoroso, Vero D. Orozco, Mark Haven Britt, Nicole Santucci, Lee Cody, Meagan Boyd, Alan Grizzell, Jonathan Chao, Sarah Newman, Rebecca Rau, and Joanne Ludwig.