You never really think about the germs that collect onto your toys when you’re a little kid playing with them on the ground. Hell, it’s not even until you hit your college years that you start obsessing about washing your hands for fear of catching the latest epidemic. These were the kinds of thoughts eating at Casey Weldon’s brain a year ago when he signed on to have his first solo show in Los Angeles at Gallery1988‘s Venice location. What resulted from his infatuation of germs and toys are paintings of Lego heads with viral microbes streaming from them and young adults expelling action figures and stuffed animals from their stomachs.
Casey, who’s always thinking of rad ideas, also felt compelled to include 4 paintings of his childhood cat that he and his brother used to try and tie their x-wing fighter toys to thinking it would make the feline fly. But don’t worry animal rights activists, they never actually caught the cute little pussy because it was too fast for them. Casey Weldon is a recent transplant to Los Angeles, but he has been a maverick in Las Vegas for years, where he was at the forefront of bringing cool contemporary art to the city. ‘GROTY’ is on view until December 24th – Daniel Rolnik