Sumatra Paintings and Anti-Fascist Still Lifes
Please join us for the opening reception for Bill Hailey
Show runs through end of March.
Have It All
Casey Arguelles Gregory
Artist Reception, Saturday April 1 6P to 9P

"There can be no genius without a touch of madness." - Seneca

"A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain 
hoping to be struck by lightning." 
- Blackbeard 

Abandoned at birth, Bill Hailey was raised in Asia by missionaries.

After dropping out of Baylor University to pursue a burgeoning career in Japanese sushi porn that was tragically cut short in a freak on-set accident, he joined the Royal Army of the Dutch Indies as a mercenary and was stationed in Sumatra. 

There he promptly deserted and vanished into the jungle. He resurfaced after nine months in Texas, where he authored the award-winning series of children's books The Firecracker Eaters. 

"No mud, no lotus"- Josef Mengele 

After dabbling in anarchism and door-to-door Bible sales he subsequently reinvented himself as an artist, and is currently at work on a series of overripe tropical fantasies, The Sumatran Paintings, as well as a series ofAnti-Fascist Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of Evil) still lifes, and post-election Clusterfux. 

Moving ever closer to realizing his dream of starting a pagan love cult in the jungles of South America, his sensibility can be succinctly summed up in the song of the incorrigible prankster Nero during the Great Fire of Rome 
in 64 AD: 

"What shall I love if not the enigma?

Between living and dreaming there is a third thing.

At a certain point attitude is all we have left and 
if you can read this it may already too late."

Have It All
Casey Arguelles Gregory

In her own words:

Have It All
is my most personal exhibition to date. All of the works in this show attempt to reconcile my own experiences as an artist with my experiences as an average, thirty-something mother with a part-time job. Issues as diverse as feminism, gentrification, middle-class materialism and the sometimes contradictory physical landscape of suburbia are on offer here. The exhibition unites sculpture and painting in a variety of modes, all of which are firmly rooted in my process-based practice.

Through these different approaches to artmaking, I hope to present a broad, humane, and sometimes humorous investigation of what it means to be a young (ish), emerging (ish), female artist in this specific time and place. These works, individually but especially collectively, represent a radical descent from the thirty-thousand foot academic perspective that I have traditionally taken. They are of, and about, my own life- an autobiographical offering in which I hope you the viewer will find some glimpses of the familiar.


 
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