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Creativity Explored

Daniel Green

Daniel Green (b. 1985, San Francisco, CA) is a San Francisco native and is one of the youngest artists in the Creativity Explored studio. He began working in the studio on a full­time basis in January 2008. Green’s 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. The extensive listings crowd the surface in sculptural columns and are seemingly unrelated to his delicately rendered drawings.

Within the dense repetition of his lists sometimes lurks a brief, but direct, personal statement, “Smile,” “Now Eric,” “Shut Up Gilles,” “No More Treasure Island Movin’ Back,” which comments on his immediate environment and concerns. These short bursts of the personal reinforce the mysterious poetics at work in his recombination of visual and textual material, and show that inside this impressive visual display of his memory, the present moment is registered, but must be actively sought out amid the tangle of other stimuli. This method enacts an unfiltered engagement with the processes of attention and focus, and demonstrates how to remain contemplative in the distraction of daily life by reserving a small space for oneself among the many sources competing for our time and energy.

Green’s work has been exhibited internationally. In addition to a solo exhibition titled Days of Our Lives at Creativity Explored in 2015, Green has been included in numerous prominent exhibitions. He exhibited works in a group exhition, Mapping Fictions, at The Good Luck Gallery in 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. In 2011, Green was featured in Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK, in 2011; This Will Never Work, at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, in 2013; Outsider Artists, at Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, in 2013; and Faces, at the Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2011. Several of Green's drawings are included in the permanent collection at Le MADmusée, Liège, Belgium.

In 2015, Green's artwork Basketball Michael Jordan, 2014, was selected for honorable mention in the Big-i Art Project's fifth open call. 

Daniel Green: Days of our Lives was reviewed by the Huffington Post on February 5, 2015. The author of the article, Priscilla Frank aptly titled the article "San Francisco Artist Daniel Green Proves The Insider/Outsider Art Binary Wrong." His solo exhibition was also reviewed by Lani Asher in SFAQ on February 10, 2015. On Daniel Green's art practice, Asher remarks, "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." For the full review, please click here.

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Samples of Green's work

Selected Exhibitions

Outsider Art Fair 2017, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, NY

Fonds Duvel Moortgat, MADmusée , Liège, Belgium
After Pop Life, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Mapping Fictions, The Good Luck Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Resonating Resonance, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
Celebrating a Vision: Art and Disability, SFO Museum , San Francisco Airport Terminal 3 Departures - Level 2 - Post-Security
Tabula Rasa, Creativity Explored , San Francisco, CA

TV Dinner: Yukari Sakura and Daniel Green, The Gallery at Ace Hotel New York, New York, NY
SWIM 1, New Image Art Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
Daniel Green: Days of our Lives, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, The Nathan Club, Britomart , Auckland, New Zealand
INK, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
A Curious Menagerie, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Create, Museum of Art at Washington State University, Pullman, WA

This Will Never Work, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA
Create, Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Create, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Worcester, MA
ArtPadSF, Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco, CA

The Museum of Everything: Exhibition #4, Selfridges, London, UK
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Faces, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Create, University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Black and White and Read All Over, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Words, Verses and Garabatos, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Legend: Myth and Memory, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Transmissions, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

Sacred Places, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA