"Green's Party--A Conversation with Art Green"
Two stories from Art Green's conversation with Robert Enright in 2005 as he was about to open another show particularly struck me. Green talks about the purpose of his art, about why he paints what he paints. He refers to an interview with Picasso, in which Picasso is asked why he invented cubism, the response being "I did it to change the world" (pg. 53). Green goes on to say that he has also created works with the intent of changing the world, as did, I am sure, many of the other artists we have talked about in the course of this class. To this I ask the question, "how does one intentionally try to change the world through art?" How does a work of art that changes the world look different from a work of art that doesn't? When can you tell?
I also thought the vignette about the little girl who was worried that her mother had gotten too small was powerful, especially as it illustrates the concept of perspective, both literally and figuratively. The mother of the girl appears smaller in size than she would if she were standing right next to the girl, but additionally, we can infer a bit about her individual perspective's on the world from her fear, by considering the reasons why a girl might be concerned about a perceived change in height. Perhaps she has no depth perception? Perhaps (as was the case) she doesn't have enough life experience to properly understand the situation. Either way, it surely provides material for the artist!