Casey McGlynn: your ark
Vancouver BC Aug 11-25, 2007
Toronto artist Casey McGlynn creates paintings with the child-like quality of primitive art combined with an adolescent sensibility. The dreamlike narratives contain symbolic motifs and rough iconic imagery that evoke simple art forms like quilt patterns, folk art, tattoo designs and comic books. His images are highly personal and idiosyncratic, much like folk art. McGlynn has, in fact, shown his work at such venues as the Outsider Art Fair in New York and the Modern Primitive Gallery in Atlanta.
Casey McGlynn, your ark (2007), mixed media on canvas
[Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver BC, Aug 11-25]
In your ark, McGlynn revisits sheep imagery that first appeared in his work in the mid-1990s. He seems to be searching for an essential philosophy of life that involves personal reflection, autobiography, emotional expression and a dreamy surrealism. Frequent subject matter includes herds of domestic animals against colourful patchwork backgrounds; child-like drawings of houses, plants and leaves; and rudimentary asexual figures all with an emphasis on silhouette-like shapes.
While still a student at the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1998, McGlynn began showing at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto. A year later he began showing in Vancouver. He now has twelve solo shows to his credit with the Bau-Xi Galleries.