Casey Gray. Sweet bountiful life

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Life isn’t always sweet,
but when it is, what’s better than sharing
that moment with others? In his fourth solo exhibition with Hashimoto Contemporary, Sweet Bountiful
Life, Casey Gray focuses on the simple joys and beauty of food at the table as a beacon for shared
experience, community, and family. From monumental bouquets spilling over their vases to epic
breakfast spreads fit for a king, Gray’s signature blend of acrylic spray paint and hand-cut masking
techniques transform everyday rituals into exaggerated plenty. “Whether it’s brunch, hors d’oeuvres, or
just dessert,” the artist mused, “the show is a testament to the enduring power of art and food to bring
people together.”

Maple syrup oozes over a stack of fluffy pancakes onto a long-loved serving dish; a prize-winning fish
tumbles onto the dining table; warmed brie melts onto a familiar ceramic plate. The teeming
arrangements of culinary creations offer a visual and literal feast for the viewer. While the artworks lack
figuration, it’s abundantly clear that each meal was made to be shared. Gray’s paintings are in no way
balanced meals but rather “potluck-style arrays of complimentary dishes, each with their own attitude
and significance.” The individual who brought donuts to Still Life with a Big Breakfast might not be eating
a bowl of cornflakes with fruit; the selection of soft and hard cheeses garnished with nuts and figs in Still
Life with Mostly Cheeses was assembled through group chat consultation. Each meal, rendered with
exquisite detail and beaming with personality, has something for and from everyone, creating a portrait
of loved ones gathered to not just eat but to indulge.

Gray’s works are boldly colored and meticulously configured, similar to European masters of the 16th
and 17th centuries; groupings of certain fruits, meats, and treats offer symbols of bounty and pleasure.
But, unlike the artists that inspire his work, Gray’s paintings are optimistic and utopic, encompassing the
sweetness found in various aspects of our journey. These are bounties to be shared, not hoarded.
Together, the paintings offer moments we may recognize: tables we may have sat at with others, meals
we may have shared, or gifts we may have given. When lived with others, life is sweet.

Casey Gray is an artist based in San Francisco known for his vibrant compositions that blend common
tropes and styles from art history with contemporary themes and techniques. Gray’s work examines our
collective entanglement with the dignity and reality of the every day, using symbolism to shed light on
complex ideas and to make sense of events in and around his life. Through brightly colored
arrangements, Gray explores themes of leisure, celebration, and the search for balance, all with a
rebellious spirit rooted in his suburban upbringing. Gray earned a BA from San Diego State University in
2006 before completing his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2010. His work has been showcased
nationally and internationally in numerous exhibitions and art fairs and resides in public and private
collections worldwide.

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