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"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!

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  1. Feb 27, 2008

    amykm says:

    I, like Caroline mentions in the reading notes for the interview with Art Green,...

    I, like Caroline mentions in the reading notes for the interview with Art Green, was really intrigued by the idea of a painting created to save or change the world. Picasso's comment that his work changed the world is interesting, because it begs the question of which world was, in fact, changed. Was it the world in which Picasso himself lived or that of the painting itself? In regards to Art Green's desire to create art which saves the world, I have a similar question. While I believe Picasso's response to relate more to a need to change the world existing in his painting, the world where forms can be manipulated and twisted endlessly, Green's own statement would lead me to believe his desire rests in the world outside of the paintings themselves. Green says he wants to "make a painting in which there have been a thousand or a million decisions made" in order to literally save the world—to allow the painting itself to acquire a continually changing dialogue which speaks to the evolving world outside of the art itself. In this way, his art will preserve, or save, the world as it changes because as he slowly allows the work to develop over a span of time, the influence of the changing world will slowly seep into his pieces, thus documenting the cultural, political, economic, social, and personal events, revolutions, and circumstances of the changing world.