APRIL 2021 | CASEY McGLYNN | LANDING IN THE CROW'S NEST
Casey McGlynn, Ex Bird, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 96 x 96 in.
CASEY MCGLYNN | LANDING IN THE CROW'S NEST
April 1 - 24, 2021
Casey McGlynn creates layered multi-media pieces with a focus on painting and collage. His honest creations pull from ongoing personal narratives and delve into intimate realities of his life and internal dialogue. Approaching sadness through humor and with penchant for all things punk, McGlynn's visual language is full of symbolism. Colors tend towards highly saturated, bright, and varied, with figurative elements outlined in black paint. In Landing in the Crow's Nest we see deep greens and blues offsetting neon oranges and pinks. Whales, turtles, horses and birds coalesce, a riot of forms and colors filling space.
These pieces teeter on the edge between distressed and reflective; meandering through a collection of thoughts before ultimately returning to their starting point.
In this body of work, Landing in the Crow's Nest, McGlynn's starting point was the idea of returning to or finding home, landing in a place of healing. In this case, The Crow's Nest refers to McGlynn's new studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. The title piece, imaged above, depicts the artist's mother's house, and above the compartmentalized structure, perches a bird. There is a sense that from its vantage point, the bird has landed, calmly, in a place of its choosing.
Casey McGlynn, Sentimental Journey, 2021, mixed media on canvas, 71 x 128 in.
Casey McGlynn holds a Diploma from Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON. He has shown his work across North America, most recently with his 2019 solo exhibition at Foster/White Gallery, and at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO; by invitation at the Alabama State Council of the Arts, Montgomery, AL; at the Outsider Art Fair, New York, NY; and as a featured artist at the SOFA Exhibition in Chicaco, IL. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, has been a guest lecturer at several universities including at Brock University, St. Catherines, ON. His work is part of collections across North America.