Casey McGlynn | Look Through My Things, Figure Me Out
Casey McGlynn's paintings are an invitation. With a title inspired by Kurt Cobain's diaries, McGlynn's newest body of work draws viewers into personal scenes from his own autobiography. His paintings gesture toward a disjointed narrative familiar and strange, real and imagined.
Casey McGlynn's paintings are an invitation. With a title inspired by Kurt Cobain's diaries, McGlynn's newest body of work draws viewers into deeply personal scenes from his own autobiography. His paintings gesture toward a disjointed narrative concurrently familiar and strange, real and imagined. They juxtapose the primitive with the technological, the chaotic with the charming, and they invite viewers to bring their own stories to the canvas. Archetypes and symbolism are often at the fore of McGlynn's work, though the pieces in Look Through My Things, Figure Me Out tend toward simpler imagery with a focus on form and composition.
McGlynn's painting is more than a practice; it is the way he makes sense of the world. Frenzied gestures speak to the cathartic freedom he finds within a canvas and the scrappy, fabulist collage elements incorporate a beautifully childlike perspective that recalls us warmly to innocence. In McGlynn's world, rockets fly past covered wagons, horses graze on rooftops, and dinosaurs share space with jazz guitarists. Nothing is impossible.
Casey McGlynn grew up in rural Ontario, where he spent his days drawing tirelessly on old grocery bags and scrap paper in front of the television. As an adult, McGlynn continues to explore personal truths within a wider cultural context. McGlynn graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1997, and has exhibited extensively in Canada, the United States, and Europe. In 2005 the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado exhibited a retrospective of his work. Casey McGlynn was a featured artist at the 2015 SOFA Chicago Exposition.