FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASEABUNDANT PLAINS: New works by Casey Gray and Clark GoolsbyOctober 15 - November 15 , 2016CIRCUIT12 CONTEMPORARYArtist Reception: October 15, 2016. 6-9 PM http://circuit12.com/abundant-plains/In today’s visual culture, context has become all but lost. As images stream in and out ofour news feeds, mobile apps, and internet searches, we are granted access to anunprecedented array of content divorced from its context or origin. Individual imagesbecome malleable and interchangeable within this visual framework, stripped of identityby the homogenizing effect of technology. Casey Gray and Clark Goolsby are interestedin how people process this visual cacophony. For this exhibition, the artists apply simplesystems to their respective practices in an attempt to organize, sort through and makesense of this new visual landscape.While the artists share a conceptual foundation between their work, their approaches toimage making could not be more contrasted. Gray’s work is characterized by hiscommitment to aerosol paints and hand cut masking techniques, resulting in a type ofskewed hyper-realism. Through pairing and separating specific objects and images,narratives can be told, identities can be formed and truths can be revealed. Subjectmatter is sourced and distributed into the works based on formal qualities as well asassociations to past experience, memory and visions for the future. Final paintingsemerge in the form of densely populated curiosity cabinets, trompe l’oeil bulletin boardsand wild, colorful still life works.Goolsby’s highly geometric works walk the line between painting and collage. Individualsheets of paper are hand worked with a variety of media, and then collaged into his finalpaintings. His work is an observation on our current era of free image circulation. Byusing a variety of disparate elements without context, he creates a chaotic world ofbrightly colored shapes and patterns engaged in a delicate balancing act. The end resultis something of a visual paradox as each piece adds stress to a fragile web that’stenuously held together and always on the verge of breaking apart. Both artists share acommitment to precision craftsmanship and unique, process based practices that puttheir work at the forefront of contemporary painting conversations.