What better way to embrace this hot indian summer (last week) than with a tropical-themed art show? Local artist Casey Gray has done just that with his newest show at White Walls, which opened last Saturday night. A good-sized crowd had gathered by the time I got there to see Gray's still lives mixed with his spray painted stencil work that has just a little more depth and contour. He also extended the strung flags from a painting to the actual ceiling of the gallery, creating a fun and upbeat atmosphere, emphasized by the bright paintings of vacation.
The mood was brought back into the night in the project space gallery which housed 3 AM Femmes by Berlin-based artist Reka. The walls completely black, with scattered items giving the feeling of bar's bathroom at about 3 AM, perfectly fitting for the show. The works on scrap metal are created through his observations of women who are out at night when he is looking for materials and carry the allure of the search and these chance encounters. Balancing the color and positivity of Gray's show up front, Reka creates a dark space with just a little bit of discomfort and I wonder if anyone has called the phone number left on the mirror...
Casey Gray, Havana Cooler, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 32"x32"
Casey Gray, Beach Party, 3... 2... 1..., Acrylic spray paint on panel, 38"x36"
Casey Gray, Still lIfe With Flowers 26, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 36"x48"
Right: Casey Gray, Still lIfe With Flowers 27, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 36"x48"
Casey Gray, A Collection of Natural Treasures, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 30"x40"
Casey Gray, Coastal Caboose, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 15"x15"
Casey Gray, Between Wind and Water, Acrylic spray paint on panel, 36"x48"
Reka, 3 Way, Mixed media on rusted metal found object, 17.3"x19.3" framed
Reka, Masquerade, Mixed media on rusted metal found object, 21.7"x11.8" framed
Reka, Oh No She Didn't, Mixed media on rusted spray cans, 10"x14.2" framed
Reka, Locked and Stocked, Spray-can label collage on 300gsm archival paper, 22"x29.9" framed
Reka, Loose Lips Sink Ships, Mixed media on rusted spray cans, 10"x14.2" framed
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