|Casey McGlyn, Early Influences, mixed media on canvas, 30 x 24|
|Casey McGlyn, House on Ricky Lake, mixed media, 60 x72|
McGlyn's work also set my Art History 101 alarm off. A rummage of my book shelf rewarded me a write up of this piece by Karel Appel.
|Karl Appel, Hip Hip Hooray, oil on canvas, 1949|
Appel was part of a the CoBrA movement (Copenhagen, Brussels Amsterdam - the cities where the movement's key members were based). The Cobra movement was founded in 1948 by a group of painters (Appel among them) who believed in the strength of instinct over reason. Their working method was based on spontaneity and experiment, and they drew their inspiration in particular from children’s drawings, from primitive art forms. (1)
Suddenly my stepfather's fascination with the art of a psychiatric patient makes more sense. What could be more honest than the artist expression of a mind unhindered by the filters of societal constructs and norms- that child like perspective of what one sees rather than what one is "suppose" to see.
When i look at Casey McGlyn's work i get the feeling that he woke up from a dream and felt the need to capture the images from his head. His childhood home mixes with dinosaurs wrestling and UFOs- and freed from the task of having to "figure out what the paiting is suppose to be," i as the audience and free to react emotionally to the piece.
(1)MOMA online http://moma.org/collection/details.php?theme_id=10954&displayall=1