Approx. 21 x 7.5 inches | ink and paint on wood
Daniel Green's (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) artwork conveys an intense and playful fascination with American entertainment and popular culture. Working on wood, cardboard, and paper, Green uses ink to draw figures from television, politics, sports, or history, and then carefully lists dates, titles of shows and songs, cities, and names.
Daniel Green’s idiosyncratic art combines his fantasy life around pop culture with the reality of his identity, family, friends, and teachers at Creativity Explored. A large, gentle young man of Samoan and African-American heritage, Daniel Green grew up in San Francisco where he attended Mission High School and his prodigious talent came to the notice of his special education teacher. Often humming while creating his layered, rhythmic compositions, his art flows out in a perfect expression of what he wants to say, the images and words fitting together like puzzle pieces. His writing often notes 1985, his birth year, and appears among numerous references to TV shows, video games, movie stars, and cultural icons; the exhibition’s title refers to one of his favorite shows, the long-running soap opera Days of our Lives.Drawn on wood panels, his words nestle up against images of Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Dr. Spock, Madonna, Josephine Baker, Martin Luther King, Malcom X, his Samoan ancestors, the late pro wrestler “Mr. Perfect” Curt Henning, Batman, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Little Richard, and images from ArtForum. Created over the last four years, his pieces operate like psychic maps or free association self-portraits marking the passing of time and the days of his life.
Green began working at Creativity Explored in 2008, and his work has been exhibited internationally.