I met Casey Pierce in the store, not long after we opened. We were standing around, making conversation, and he said that he was a painter. Just being nice, I asked him if he had a website. He showed me his Facebook page.
To tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting much. It’s rare that you come across a guy who claims to be an “artist” whose work is up to par. So I was thinking to myself, This should be good.
Well, it was better than good: Casey’s work blew me away!
I asked to see it in person and he invited me and Carrie to his studio. We bought one of his paintings on the spot. “Allegory of Happiness” is hanging in our living room right now.
Casey’s paintings are deep in meaning. In the painting that Carrie and I own, a central figure wearing sunglasses and a big smile has turned her attention away from all the horrible things around her, both in the painting and in the world, in order to pursue happiness. It’s like “ignorance is bliss.”
The reason we identify with this painting so much is because it reminds us of what we had to do to pursue our dream of opening Imogene + Willie. It was three years ago next month that we made the decision to turn off the news, stop listening to all the talk about the horrible economic climate, and concentrate on starting our own business.
Casey’s work inspires us. If we could buy everything this guy does, we would.
Sometimes information must be shouted and other times a whisper will do. When we have to look harder, we will look harder; and by chasing a fleeting thought the thought is given a purpose, if only to make us think again.
George Orwell once wrote, “…he who controls the past, controls the future.”
Painting is a record of moments. It is a materialistic recreation of something fleeting. I paint to capture these fleeting thoughts and experiences and embellish them as storytellers do. My work deals with a wide ranging subject matter but the overarching element is memory, with all its gaps and ghosts. Be they memories of dreams or conscious reality, by the time we reflect on either of them, innumerable changes have occurred, hierarchies formed, faces faded, objects erased. This is why, for representational painting, I was taught, “paint what you see not what you know.” In many instances I adhere to this credo, but in others I find more excitement in painting what I don’t know and in following my intuition. I use reality to contextualize these intuitive choices so that I may represent these ghosts and give voice to these gaps.
How will the experience and effect of these realities change if certain fundamental alterations are made? Does the memory fade for a reason or are we simply losing valuable information? I believe memories will sometimes fade on their own and at other times they are intentionally faded. In any case, every time they are reviewed, the gaps must be filled, left blank or faded. This is where we write our own story.
~ Casey Pierce ~
Painting attracts me because of it’s rhythms: study, think, plan, scoop, crush, grind, squeeze, stir, dip, stroke, tap, tap, repeat. Painting is a very repetitive process but by no means mindless. Each piece is an examination of a unique thought with its own set of techniques and challenges. Each piece is a personal innovation. This keeps me perpetually engaged.
To inquire about a specific piece or contact Casey, please visit www.caseypierce.com.