john casey & assorted artists

Oakland artist John Casey presents a sampling from his upcoming show Hands & Pants II, a broad collaborative venture employing 50 of John’s artist peers. John drew either hands or pants (blue-jean-clad waist-down shod figures) or both, in his simple pen-and-ink style on 8″x10″ Bristol paper. An invited artist was then given the hands and/or pants and asked to complete the figure in any way the artist saw fit. John’s intent was to create a collective storyboard using the “Hands & Pants” motif as a common recognizable character engaged in a variety of manifestations. The returned collaborations have gone far beyond John’s expectations in sheer artistic variety, producing an extended family of unique, individual beings.

Participating artists include: Kristi Holohan, David Polka, Mario Man, Ryan McJunkin, Joanne Ludwig, Lauren Napolitino, Tallulah Terryll, Ari Schindler, Linda Braz, Raphael Tapia, Emily Coker, Deth P. Sun, Kara Joslyn, Gregory Jacobsen, Nathaniel Parsons, Kerri Lee Johnson, Derek Weisberg, Ronny Jones, Micke Tong, Bill Dunlap, Mia Chistopher, Marcos Lafarga, Erik Otto, Jake Watling, Ryan De La Hoz, Sacha Eckes, Martha Sue Harris, Teppei Ando, Pete Glover, Michele Theberge, Matt Decker, Dave Higgins, Morten Hemmingsen Sørup, Maya Kabat, Brett Amory, Tara Foley, Hunter Mack, Justin Lovato, Jon Carling, Justin Angelos, Michael Mellon, Brian Caraway, Erik Friedman, Alison OK Frost, Billy Sprague, Rick Beaupre, Faring Purth, Scott Greenwalt, Mary Mortimer, and Mary Kalin-Casey.

Born on Friday the 13th in Salem, Massachusetts, John Casey has been drawing as soon as he was able to hold a crayon. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1988 with a BFA in Painting. Recently, John was awarded 2012 Best Artist by the East Bay Express. Currently he lives in Oakland, California with his lovely wife Mary.