Nisolo Spotlight: Case Pierce

Casey Pierce

Casey Pierce grew up in a little town where he skateboarded, started an underground social club, and made art all the time. He went to college and graduated. There he learned a few things about how large institutions worked and decided he wanted little to do with large institutions. He couldn't ever quite conform to the rhythms of the beasts. "This is a trend that persists to this day, but I'm not antisocial. I just rarely fit in," says Casey.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Physics. And, I love to see art, architecture, machines and people who seem to defy physics.

Q: As an artist, why Nashville?

A: I always kind of thought of it as a testing ground. Then when I thought I'd leave, I fell in love and the city grew and started offering new opportunities. Love came and went but the city kept growing. And now look at it!

Q: What types of colors/shapes are you drawn to aesthetically?

A: I can never settle on a scheme, but lately I love to see bold islands of flat color sitting in some textured sea of neutrality. With shapes, it's all about the space between them and where they touch that really compels my eye.

Q: For people who don’t know you, who is Casey Pierce?

A: Oh man you guys really dominated my breakfast think with this one. I thought of a lot of “good” things to say, but I think who a person is, is a “you just had to be there” kind of thing. But, I will say this, if you're not learning, you're dying. I guess you could call that a guiding principle.

Q: What do you hope to create and do through your art?

A: I just want to see my dreams come true. That's all.

Q: Why do you love painting?

A: I'm not a religious person but painting is prayer.

Q: How has your art and process evolved over the years?

A: As far as process I am constantly trying to figure out how to get maximum effect for minimal effort. Maybe one day I’ll be eloquent.

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