amy casey paintings

posted by the scholar on October 21st, 2007
filed under: art, paintings

i get a flippy feeling in my stomach when i look at these paintings from cleveland artist amy casey. they remind me of how i felt riding the tilt-a-whirl as a child with my dad at the local carnival — thrilling, but disorienting at the same time. the narratives in these acrylic works on paper are amy’s inner view of what our world might look like if it were to end, and a representation of the anxiety felt throughout today’s modern societies. there is a certain distorted tension in the lines, with houses huddling together and perspectives not unlike a frenetic amusement park ride. in some pieces life is quite literally hanging in the balance. her earthy color palette serves to cement these themes.

amy_casey_city_calm_down

amy_casey_city_upside_down
amy_casey_quagmire

amy_casey_hare_and_tortoise

amy_casey_windy

amy_casey_night_hive

it intrigues me to look this whole collection, especially at the homes balancing so precariously versus the more familiar, linear urban settings in the pieces where the plants and creatures take over. with new perspectives come new ideas and methodologies. is it a new (literal) lookout on life, post-disaster, or is it the artist’s fascination with the resilience of humankind and a glimpse of hope coming through, or neither?

what interesting scenarios to play out in your mind!

amy’s paintings and her show entitled things fall apart is currently at zg gallery now through november 24th.

be sure to check her website to see other impressive works.

via artmoco


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15 Responses to “amy casey paintings”

  1. chandra Says:

    Wonderful way to paint indeed…i like the expression for sure, especially the floating forms…good work!

  2. the scholar Says:

    hi chandra,

    thanks for the comment. i think those floating images are so transportive… glad you like it too!

  3. sosser Says:

    i like the spooky uneasy feeling permeating these paintings, the otherworldiness conveyed thru familiar objects. they’re telling a story i haven’t known before. beautiful.

  4. the scholar Says:

    hi sosser,

    thanks for the visit!

    the unfamiliar story you speak of, yet familiar imagery make me wonder what kind of energy would one (or several) off these pieces give off in a room?

    i am going to the gallery this week or next to see for myself (it’s in river north!) — wanna come? 🙂

  5. Terry Says:

    Funtastical neighborhoods.

  6. the scholar Says:

    hi terry,

    yes they are funtastical! the roads remind me of broken roller coaster tracks and the houses look like that one ride where you sit in a chair hanging from a cable that’s suspended in the air. suspended disbelief in a sort of post-apocalyptic way?

    thanks for the visit! 🙂

  7. Suana Says:

    Wow! This is great stuff! thanks for sharing this.

  8. the scholar Says:

    hi suana,

    nice to see you!

    i am looking forward to seeing it in person at the gallery! and i love your pinocchio! 🙂

  9. Carson Says:

    More interesting work brought to light.
    More thoughtful commentary on that work 🙂
    I haven’t been commenting much lately, but rest assured I’ve been reading RS (almost) every day.

  10. the scholar Says:

    carson!

    you are so encouraging with your comments. i really appreciate them. i’m so glad you enjoy what i find.

    thanks for stopping by!

  11. Bri Says:

    What a fascinating perspective! It reminds me of the feeling in the French animated film a few years ago “The Triplets of Belleville”. It’s that whimsical, yet slightly disturbing take on things. Hmmm, a bit like “Dark City”, or “City of Lost Children” as well. Thanks for sharing the paintings. It will be interesting to see how you feel being surrounded by them in person. You must update us!

  12. the scholar Says:

    hi bri,

    yes! the triplets of belleville! i really wanted to say these were whimsical but i thought the subject matter doesn’t really match with it. the lines are somewhat playful but there’s something uneasy about them (which just makes me want to stare).

    i can’t wait to go to see them in person — it will probably be within the week… i’ll let you know!

    thanks for the visit!

  13. Suana Says:

    Thank you, Gigi!

  14. ZG Gallery, Chicago Says:

    Check out AMY CASEY’s new work in her 2nd solo exhibition “Uncertain Times” at ZG Gallery, Chicago. Now through October 31, 2009

    http://www.zggallery.com/casey

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