Art of The Mushroom

I have work in this fun group show at Oakland’s very own The Compound Gallery.

Show runs October 20 – December 9, 2018

Hi-Fructose Presents: The Art of the Mushroom 🍄 a lil show of over 50 artists paying tribute to the elusive, deadly, phallic, mysterious, and tasty mushroom. At The Compound Gallery in Oakland Oct. 20. Featured artists include Jennybird Alcantara, Alex Pardee, Andrew Schoultz, Annie Owens, Attaboy, Brandi Milne, Bwana Spoons, Casey Weldon, Charlie Immer, Chet Zar, Christina Mrozik, Christopher Gilland, Chuck Sperry, Crystal Morey, Dave Cooper, Dave Correia, Double Parlour, Ellen Jewett, Erika Sanada, Ferris Plock, Gary Taxali, Gosia, Graham Yarrington, Horrible Adorables, Isabel Samaras, Joe Vaux, John Casey, Junko Mizuno, Kii Arens, Kmndz, Krk Ryden, Laura Berger, Marco Mazzoni, Marion Peck, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Ryden, Martin Ontiveros, Matt Gordon, Michael Campbell, Michael Reedy, Miles Johnston, Naoto Hattori, Nicomi Nix Turner, Renee French, Rob Sato, Robert Bowen, Scott Musgrove, Skinner, Smithe, Steven Cerio, Travis Lampe, Travis Louie, Tripper, Tristan Eaton, Wayshak, Yoko D’holbachie.

SoEx Monster Drawing Rally 2018

I had a great time drawing at Southern Exposure‘s 2018 Monster Drawing Rally fundraiser on 11/5/18. I got 2 drawings done and had a lot of fun!! Some pics below.

MADWORLD at Keystone Art Space

Curated by Idolwild, MADWORLD is a group exhibit featuring work by John Casey, Eric Curtis, Scott Greenwalt, Mack Hill, Norm Maxwell, and Micke Tong at Keystone Fine Art Studios in Los Angeles.

Show dates: Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Monday, October 8, 2018

Los Angeles curators, IDOLWILD, consorts with San Francisco’s Luna Rienne Gallery and Keystone Art Gallery to bring an exhibition of emotive syndrome. Mad World revels in the artist’s psyche, complex moments where the artist felt compelled to make visual commentations on their personal convictions both in the physical and metaphysical realms. The world is forever in flux and overwhelmed by constant information , it is a reflection of humanity today. In order to make sense of it all this exhibit explores the unsettling expressions of chaos, curiosity and tranquility by artists Scott Greenwalt, John Casey, Norm Maxwell, Mack Hill, Eric Curtis and Micke Tong. The exhibition opens on September 27 and remains on view October 9, 2018. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, September 29th from 7:00pm until 11:00pm.

Scott Greenwalt contemplates the inevitable rise and demise of complex systems throughout history, his work explores notions of a manipulated, beautified world on the constant verge of collapse. He envisions moments in time that reflect a tumult lurking just beneath the surface, threatening to rupture with magnificent force. A place where spiritual effluvia roams through space, leaving behind husks of the living things it once occupied, where new forms of life will again flourish with time.

John Casey has been exploring open-ended narratives. Using mostly a portrait format, he taps into his subconscious and psychological brain space, to conjure loose metaphors and symbols, and weaves them into compelling characters. Some of these beings represent a kind of psychological self-portrait. Others represent people he has encountered throughout his lifetime, friends, neighbors, and generally everyday folks. Often these characters are amalgamations. These beings are not specific portraits, more like the impression of various people. The character’s life-story is left open to interpretation, inviting the viewer into the story-telling process. The results are what appear to be damaged or vulnerable beings, but a second look reveals complex and sensitive spirits, more like enthusiastic upstarts, rather than rejects or troublemakers.

Norm “Nomzee” Maxwell was a visual artist whose education came via the streets (Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles) and the Hussian School Of Art. His combination of urban upbringing and fine art training resulted stylistically in an esoteric combination of color, light, and subject matter. Culturally, Maxwell was a quintessential urban contemporary artist, with a portfolio that included graffiti, street wear design, club flyer and album art, graphic design, set design, and fine art painting. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 47.

Mack Hill culls from a long list of influences – Kricfalusi to Kubrick, Bakshi to Bass, Darrow to Daguerre, Hubley to Harryhausen, Twain to… – his approach to art, animation and visual development lingers through time and meanders across media. With a process that traverses back and forth between the digital and the analog worlds incorporating illustration, painting, photography, collage, printmaking and design – the symbiotic end result remains both harmonious and tense. Thematically and visually self-reflective of contemporary society and all of it’s fame and follies, notions of nostalgia across both the urban and suburban landscapes are present allowing an off kilter and inquisitive, sometimes disturbing, fond familiarity to exist. Alternate and fantastical realities with pop cultural homages coupled with the sting from a crack upon the world’s funny bone are presented. A hand drawn style of animation placed among photographic elements, found imagery, graphic shapes and painterly marks creates a tone and narrative about us and the spaces we inhabit.

Eric Curtis: Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Eric moved to California after college and lives in LA, where he has photographed such Hollywood notables as David Lynch, Danny Glover, rocker Tommy Lee, the bands My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park, and rapper Method Man. Eric’s unique approach to photography emphasizes bringing studio lighting to the outside world, which allows him to dictate the terms of the environment he’s shooting.

Micke H. Tong works in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, digital, drawing, performance and installation. His work focuses on otherworldly historic manipulations. Tong completed his BFA at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, in New Media in 2000. His work has been exhibited at galleries both nationally and internationally. More recently his series, “No Space, No Time”, has been shown at Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, and the Orange Country Center of Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California. He lives in Los Angeles, California and is a resident artist at Keystone Art Space in the Lincoln Heights district.

IdolWild are Pop-Up curators based in Los Angeles. It is our intent to provide quality art shows, performance and installations for the public and collectors. We are groomed to make art an experience of the senses and to bring a unique perspective to visual arts. IdolWild are descendants of curator’s ‘Multimedia Art Collective’, ‘League of Art Scenarios’ and ‘ICONOMY’, which have a rich history of art shows that lead back to the DIY art scene of San Francisco. For over a decade IdolWild has been building artist’s relations, and as artists ourselves, we have a passion for creativity and it is evident in the events we manifest.

Keystone Fine Art Studios
338 S. Avenue 16
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Il sole è cieco

Galerie Polaris in Paris, France presents “Il sole è cieco” with gallery artists Etienne Armandon, Bart Baele, Marcos Carrasquer, John Casey, Simon Faithfull, Vanessa Fanuele, Harald Fernagu, Speedy Graphito, Clémence Van Lunen, Sara Ouhaddou, and Simon Willems. Show runs July, 5 – 24, 2018.

Strange Forest Richmond Art Center

Exhibition Dates: June 12 – August 16, 2018

Artists: Leo Bersamina, John Casey, Masako Miki, Nora Pauwels, Lela Shields, Elizabeth Sims

“Strange Forest,” presented by the Richmond Arts Center, will feature contemporary drawings devoted to abstract and surreal dimensions of the natural world. Utilizing techniques of botanical and scientific illustration, the six Bay Area artists in the exhibition take on the role of experimental naturalists. Through processes such as painstaking delineation, classification and focus on the lifecycle, the artists express a deep respect for the flora and fauna of our planet, while at the same time reimagining it. Delineating a rock, a weed, a feather; Strange Forest examines how elements of the natural world can become microcosms for exploring the state of the earth and our place within it.

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, California 94804

New Print Available!

I often get asked about having prints of my work made. I’ve been reluctant in the past because I’ve seen too many poor quality digital artist prints in the world. I was introduced to fine art print house Sugar Press in Los Angeles who create museum quality fine art prints on state-of-the-art, 100% recycled paper. We chose my “Pillowed” drawing for my first release. Truly, the print quality is lovely. I am so very happy with these. You can buy yours here.

Parts is Parts

The Bench Gallery, at Fayes Video and Espresso Bar in San Francisco presents, “Parts is Parts,” a selection of my panel/cutout works. Artist’s reception: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6-8:30 pm. Show runs February 4 – March 2, 2018.

Show Blurb: John Casey’s solo show, Parts is Parts, at the Bench Gallery at Fayes Video and Espresso Bar, combines three formats of his art-making; drawing, painting, and wood cutouts. The panel/cutout contraptions in this exhibit, feature his oddball characters forced into juxtaposition with even odder body parts of flowers, hands, wings and other parts. The result of each assemblage is a stuttered narrative of parts joined selectively to create beings who embrace the awkward collage each has become.

Faye’s Video & Espresso
3614 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Sentimental Mood

Press: Sentimental Mood group exhibition at the First Amendment Gallery on Widewalls

Friday, January 12 – Friday February 9, 2018

First Amendment Gallery in San Francisco presents “Sentimental Mood,” featuring works by Adam Hunter Caldwell, Anika Chasuk, Apexer, Casey Gray, Chris Martin, Daryll Peirce, David Chong Lee, David Marc Grant, Ernest Doty, Gina M. Contreras, John Casey, Kellen Chasuk, Lena Gustafson, Marcos LaFarga, Oliver Hawk Holden, Peter Adamyan, Rich Jacobs, Robert Xavier Burden, Robert Minervini, Sean Newport, and Yetunde Olagbaju.

1000 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Little Utopias

Little Utopias

December 16, 2017 — January 14, 2018

Talon Gallery in Portland, Oregon presents “Little Utopias”, a group exhibition inspired by the writings of Margaret Atwood. Participating artists: Roos Van Der Vliet, Susannah Kelly, Annie Owens, Scott Listfield, Alayna Coverly, Maia Boakye, Maryanna Hoggatt, Neil M. Perry, Kelsey Beckett, Alpay Efe, Brin Levinson, Jody Craddock, Rebecca Mason Adams, Jennifer Parks, Adam Caldwell, Natalie Erickson, Josie Morway, John Casey, Sean Mahan, Ruth Speer, Meredith Marsone, and Brian Donnelly.

Talon Gallery
1100 SE Division Street (enter on SE 11th)
Portland, OR 97202