August 17, 2012

Ginny Casey's recurring sensations

Back in June, the art team at The L Magazine selected Ginny Casey for their "Best Open Studio" award during the sprawling Bushwick Open Studios weekend. Tonight, Casey's first solo exhibition, "Green Teeth" opens at Culture  Room, a small Bushwick gallery that set up shop on Starr Street in May. In an interview at Art Fag City, Casey, a recent RISD grad, said that she's drawn to absurdities.

[F]rom off-kilter proportions to spatial tricks. I like when things are odd and a little improbable. I remember having this recurring sensation in my childhood where part of my hand was growing to an enormous mass. It was out of control, completely disproportionate. Maybe I was having dreams about it. I still get this weird feeling when I think about it...I’ve also noticed there are a lot of paintings throughout art history with similar deformities. I’m sure I’ve been influenced by all of it.
Embracing sincerity, symbolism, and personal narrative, Casey paints clunky shapes, exaggerated limbs and oddly proportioned objects that remind me of  Amy Sillman and Susan Rothenberg. She has a light touch--her paint handling is delicate without seeming tentative or contingent.

Looks like a good show. Highly recommended.

Ginny Casey, Ladder, 2012, oil on panel 10 x 12 inches.

Ginny Casey, Butterfly Tatooo, 2012, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches.

Ginny Casey, Paperwork, 2012, oil on panel 13 x 14 inches.

Ginny Casey, Down the Chimney, 2012, oil on panel, 13 x 14 inches.

Ginny Casey, Friend, 2012, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches.

Ginny Casey, Clammy, 2012, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches. All images are from the artist's website and may or may not be in the exhibition.

"Ginny Casey: Green Teeth," Culture Room, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. Through August 31, 2010.
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