Interview with Not Real Art

Morgan Laurens interviewed me for the website Not Real Art. Lots of good questions!

Oakland-based artist John Casey began life on the unluckiest day of the year, in an unlucky place. Born on Friday 13 in Salem, Massachusetts, the multidisciplinary artist now gleefully channels his unusual origins into awkward portraits of peculiar creatures.⁠

Growing up, Casey spent his time building monster models and watching horror films. His early drawings reveal a preoccupation with the physical aberrations commonly found in offbeat midnight movies. “The figures in [my] drawings show not only the distorted perceptions of a child, but my fascination with skulls, teeth, spirographic eyes, and invented body parts,” Casey writes in his bio.⁠

In today’s Q+Art interview, John Casey discusses the uncomfortable narratives of Phillip Guston, the role of dystopian fiction in a post-pandemic world, and the false lure of artistic exposure. Read his interview here.


Round & Round @ Faultline

May 21 – July 10, 2021

Faultline Artspace is pleased to have John Casey take over our gallery yet again. This time he will be presenting, yup, you guessed it, round artwork! Painted on primed 12” vinyl records and wood panels of varying sizes and featuring raccoons, spiders, flowers, sheep, and skulls.

Online sales and 360 degree virtual gallery here.


Svane Family Foundation

The Svane Family Foundation is a private family foundation in San Francisco, dedicated to supporting the vitality of Bay Area Artists and Arts Organizations. I received a grant from SFF last year at the beginning of the pandemic along with 100+ other Bay Area artists. It’s a comprehensive list and I am honored to be included in this robust roster.

The foundation committee asked grant artists to use the theme of the Ark as a way of navigating through difficult times (pandemic, social unrest, political chaos, etc.) and create a work of art to reflect that idea. My work is “Safety Cage,” a mixed media piece that conveys the following:

“’Safety Cage’ is a kind of pandemic self-portrait. I envisioned humanity traversing the dark land in dark times, each individual isolated in their own safety cage. This cage is personal ark, mobile but contained. And contained inside is human hope, in the form of an awkward and fragile golden flower, waiting to be released once the dark times have passed, to grow and thrive again. Through this isolation comes self discovery, contemplation, and the desire to be delivered and to emerge stronger and more golden.”

Ark Exhibitions artists include Aaron De La Cruz, Adam 5100, Adreinne Waheed, Adrian Burrell, Alicia McCarthy, Amy Palms, Amy X Neuburg, Andy Vogt, Angela Hennessy, Anna Valdez, Antonio Vidal, Asma Kazmi, Barry McGee, Brett Amory, Brian Singer, Butterfly Williams, Camila Magrane, Casey Gray, Cate White, Chad Hasegawa, Chanell Stone, Chelsea Wong, Chris Duncan, Chris Johanson, Christopher Martin, Cliff Hengst, Courtney Desiree Morris, Dana Dart-McLean, Dana King, Davina Semo, Dionne Lee, Dohee Lee, Donna Personna, Eli Thorne, Ellen Bruno, Emilio Villalba, Eric Johnston, Erica Deeman, Esther Elia, GATS, Gina M. Contreras, HP Mendoza, J. John Priola, J.L. King, Jake Ricker, Jeffrey Cheung, Jeremy Fish, Jessica Hess, John Casey, Justin Hoover, Katie Gong, Kelly Tunstall , Ferris Plock , Kevin Earl Taylor, Kindah Khalidy, Klea McKenna, Kristin Farr, Kristine Mays, Lady Henze, Lauren Elder, Linda Connor, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Madeleine Tonzi, Marcus Shelby, Maria Guzmán Capron, Mark Garrett, Mary Joy, Mary D. Watkins, Melanie DeMore, Meryl Pataky, Michelle Pred, Monica Denevan , Muzae, Nina Wise, Oliver DiCicco, Paul Madonna Studio, Peter Cordova, Rabbit Garcia, Rachel Lena Esterline, Robert Bowen, Ruby Neri, Sam Vernon, Sarah Hotchkiss, Seth Eisen, Sheila Ghidini, Steve Ferrera, Sydney Cain, tamara suarez porras, Tammy Rae Carland, Tan Sirinumas, Terri Loewenthal, Terry Furry, Tess Davis, Tosha Stimage, Trevor Ewald, t.w.five, Kyle Lypka and Tyler Cross, Val Britton, Yarrow Slaps, Yétundé Olagbaju, and Zac Scheinbaum.

I am not yet sure of the details of the exhibition of the auction yet but I will update this post with more information as I get it.


Discolandia @ 111 Minna Gallery

Show dates: December 1, 2020 – February, 14 2021

111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, CA presents Discolandia. Not since the invention of the gramophone and the talking machine has art and invention come together so perfectly. We are showing over 100 artists that have drawn, painted, and collaged on 12 inches of beautiful Vinyl.


Don’t Wake Daddy XV

I have a limited edition(10) 3D printed steel sculpture along with a number of other artists in the annual Don’t Wake Daddy group show in Hamburg, Germany at Feinkunst Krüger and curated by the esteemed Heiko Muller. Opens on December and you can make an appointment to see the exhibit on the Feinkunst Krüger website. I wish I could be there.