Early in December I sat down with Casey McGlynn, an internationally recognized artist now residing in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. I initially met Casey while walking past his studio not far from my apartment, noticing a painting with a figure wearing a Daniel Johnston t-shirt. I showed him the plethora of DJ art tattoos on my left arm and we got to talking. After brief encounters over a year, we finally got to sitting down and talking. This film is the resulting conversation.
Casey McGlynn’s paintings are visual composites of autobiography and collective memory, at once literal and endlessly symbolic. Highly referential images — animals, people, popular media, textual documents — narrate scenes from the artist’s life while also prompting the viewer’s imagination through allegory and archetype. Working with a combination of techniques, McGlynn imbues this timeless visual repertoire with contemporary life: adventurous explorations of colour, humour, and satire are delivered with what Gary Michael Dault, writing for the Globe and Mail, called “a warm and somehow compassionate abandon.” Indeed, McGlynn’s compositions capture life’s chaos while also allowing his viewer the contemplative space to insert their own story. McGlynn’s works can be found in a number of private and public collections in both Canada and the US. Most recently, his work was acquired for the HBC Global Art Collection in New York.