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The Zealot’s Elixir @ Modern Eden

The Zealot's Elixir

Opening Saturday, 2/7, Modern Eden in SF presents the Zealot’s Elixir curated by the dynamic duo of Doubleparlour. Below are the works of mine in the show along with direct links to purchase these sculptures…

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“Sexy Papa” | Mixed media on epoxy clay | 9 x 8 x 5 inches | 2014
Purchase here!

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“Shield Maiden” | Mixed media on epoxy clay | 9.5 x 7.5 x 5.5 inches | 2014
Purchase here!

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“One-Armed Worrier” | Mixed media on epoxy clay | 20 x 8 x 7 inches | 2014
Purchase here!

Platinum Blend @ Modern Eden

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I caught the very end of the solid group show “Platinum Blend” at Modern Eden Gallery in SF. The show is curated by Stephanie Chefas and features works by Aaron Nagel, Ben Venom, Bradley Platz, Brian Donnelly, Caitlin Hackett, Caleb Hahne, Candice Tripp, Christine Wu, Christiana Mrozik, Cristina Paulos, David Bray, Deedee Cheriel, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Jeff Ramirez, Jana Brike, Jeni Yang, Jennifer Nehrbass, Kelly Allen, Lily Mae Martin, Linnea Strid, Liz McGrath, Lucien Shapiro, Marco Mazzoni, Maria Rubinke, Max Kauffman, Mel Kadel, Meryl Pataky, Michael Alm, Morgan Slade, Peter Gronquist, Shawn Huckins, Souther Salazar, Zoë Williams.

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Yallena James @ LeQuiVive

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LeQuiVive in Oakland, CA has a show up now featuring the lovely work of Yallena James. Show runs through 1/30/15.

Happy Accidents Opens Saturday 1/31/15

Hey Artophiles, I have a solo coming up!!!

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Happy Accidents: New Work by John Casey

Reception: Saturday January 31, 6 – 9pm

Exhibition Dates: January 31 – March 8, 2015

The Compound Gallery, in Oakland, CA presents “Happy Accidents,” a solo show featuring my recent foray into color. For years I have worked mostly with black, white, and gray (and occasionally reddish-orange) using ink or pencil. Recently I’ve experienced a color epiphany, with a new cast of characters in the form of paintings, cutouts, and sculpture. Come out and see the technicolor, recessive, gene-pool family. I am super excited for this show! I hope you can make it if you are nearby.

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The Compound Gallery, 1167 65th St, Oakland, California 94608

Draw Club @ RPS Collective

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I often attend a group drawing session at Faultline Artspace in Oakland. There’s no public interaction there, just artists chilling, shooting the shit, mostly about nothing much, just enjoying each other’s company. It’s easy to get isolated in the studio and I very much enjoy the socializing with the Draw Club folks. Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland is hosting an exhibit featuring a mish-mash of drawings made by DC attendees. Like the DC members, the work is quite diverse, ranging in media and styles. It’s a fun mix so check it out next time you are near RPS.

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John Wood @ LuckyLo

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John Wood has a fine show of abstract paintings titled “Look Again” up now at LuckyLo in Oakland, CA. These are quite beautiful paintings that should be seen in person. Show ends 1/31.

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Making Friends @ NIAD

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NIAD Director Timothy Buckwalter asked me to curate a show at the NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA. I’ve curated at NIAD before back in 2010 with a large lineup of curators. This time it was just yours truly and I decided to focus on portrait or character-based artworks. I chose the title “Making Friends.” Featured in the exhibition are works from Saul Alegria, Julio Del Rio, Luis Estrada, Sylvia Fragoso, Shana Harper, Shirley How, Erica Martinez, Ann Meade, Dorothy Porter, Maria Radilla, Dorrie Reid, Danny Thach, Jonathan Valdivias, Jonathan Velazquez and Billy White.

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Here is my statement for the show: “As an artist and character creator, I see many parallels between NIAD artists, who create images of people and animals, and my own work. I am intrigued by NIAD artists’ vibrant and genuine rendering of figures and faces. Sometimes the simple placement of facial features can generate so much life and personality in a work. I try to find the freedom to play with these elements in my work, purposely altering or misplacing a nose, mouth, or eyes to add an emotional tone to a piece. NIAD artists do this quite intuitively. Body gestures can convey struggle, pensiveness, or joy. Animals can be welcoming, powerful, shy, or frightening. There is a potent honesty in all the work produced at NIAD, but I find the most compelling images are those of people and animals. The animals are pretty much people here. The portrait can be a famous person—Michael Jackson, Elvis, or Kiss (yes, I was a member of the Kiss Army in middle school)—or they can be important folks in an artist’s life. The portrait can be painted, drawn, or sculpted. Subjects can be an invented person or creature. But all-in-all, these beings are a reflection of the artist, a little piece of them, a way to replicate oneself, to make a new, imaginary friend. I have had the exhibition title “Making Friends” bouncing around in my head for some time. When Timothy B. invited me to curate a show of NIAD artists’ work, I realized I should use that title for this exhibition. These invented friends form one big tribe, a big, extended family.”

I was also asked to curate the annex gallery space with an artist who is new to the Bay Area. I chose Ashley Hinceman, whose frenetic portraits of the NIAD artists complimented the MF portrait show nicely. Unfortunately I did not get many photos of her work but you can see them on her website here.

Me and Ashley Hinceman

Me and Ashley Hinceman


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