Artists operate to interpret and share topics and strategies that inspire them. It is been mentioned that “you paint what you know,” and absolutely that is true for the greater part of artists, painters or if not. How an artist will work to glance, fully grasp and “know” a picked out matter is a exclusive encounter distinctive to just about every individual.
Northeast Ohio artist Amy Casey finds inspiration in the locations the place she has lived, including Cleveland, her house for 20 decades.
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“For some time, I have been doing work on an evolving collection of cityscapes that reflect my perspective of the entire world as a mutable, uneasy development,” Casey notes. “Using actual properties and components of the landscape as blocks, I develop and rebuild my have cities in painstaking, meditative detail, tinkering with them to try out to make sense of the environment. … Even though I hope for the greatest, my paintings often specific my nervousness for modern society and our entire world.”
“Continued Continuing: Paintings by Amy Casey,” on look at at the Canton Museum of Artwork as a result of Oct. 30, is an intimate search at the artist’s work. Showcasing mostly huge-scale acrylic paintings on paper, this exhibit captures and holds your consideration as a result of whimsical-nevertheless-poignant narrative paintings. Whilst open up to interpretation, every single get the job done tells a special story that is amazingly thorough and abundantly acquainted.
“Rigging” is a 2008 acrylic on paper that characteristics a mass of residences tethered collectively with rope to a much larger warehouse and manufacturing unit structure foundation. The households float like a bunch of balloons within just a white background. As one may possibly hope with a mass of floating properties, the ropes keeping them alongside one another bend and seem to sway.
The artist has made households that appear as though they may be transferring away from the central components of the composition at a far more quick price than the relaxation of the featured buildings, although some are transferring slower. This generates an obvious stress in the function and allows give a feeling of movement and even a vertigo-like high quality to the painting.
“City Wall” is a 2009 operate that capabilities buildings and components of a city stacked or piled on best of 1 one more. Distinctive styles of partitions that have been developed with distinctive substance wind their way through the divergent city buildings up and down the “stack.” Long, skinny stick- or stilt-like things are copiously used all through the composition and seem to be propping up distinct buildings as wanted. The silt components support to emphasize the precarious nature of the buildings and notify a narrative while generating a visceral and psychological reaction.
“Everything Is Fine” is a 2022 acrylic portray on paper that highlights some new directions in Casey’s paintings. Right here the artist has employed her familiar buildings, but as a substitute of exhibiting them lively and alive, these constructions are defunct or lifeless and piled up in mounds like a mountainscape that dominates the background of the image basic.
In the midground, the buildings present some common depth and coloration, but for the most part, are still derelict. In the foreground are tree stumps on which mushrooms are growing. There is even some new advancement of trees and vegetation.
This work does not have the experience of direct commentary. Having said that, it does seem to be telling us that though factors may decay, tumble away or topple, there is however a possibility that something can grow on top rated inspite of the situations.
Importantly, this show arrived about from the Canton Museum of Art’s participation in the CAN Triennial. The museum reviewed the perform featured in the 2018 Triennial and available Casey a show that was originally supposed to just take location in 2020, but it obtained delayed until eventually this 12 months because of the pandemic.
“When we noticed Amy Casey’s function, we realized that she would be a terrific in good shape at our museum,” curators note at the exhibit. “Amy’s get the job done has a exclusive voice it is as if a portion of Amy has been infused into each individual piece that she generates. A tale tumbles out of just about every constructing, household, and vine, and results in you to ponder its that means. The Canton Museum of Art is pleased to share Amy Casey’s function with its community, and to support a area artist.”
Of system, Casey is represented by galleries in New York and Chicago and has reached far outside of Northeast Ohio with her do the job. However, it is fantastic to see the museum highlighting regional talent like it generally has and supporting the CAN Triennial.
Anderson Turner is director of the Kent Condition College Faculty of Artwork selection and galleries. Make contact with him at [email protected].
Exhibit: “Continued Continuing: Paintings by Amy Casey” by way of Oct. 30
Position: Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Current market Ave. N., Canton
Several hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Expense: $8 for grown ups $6 for seniors, pupils and armed forces veterans totally free for museum customers and young children 12 or young. Totally free admission each and every Thursday and the 1st Friday of every thirty day period
More facts: 330-453-7666 or https://www.cantonart.org/
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