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January 15 - March 4, 2015

Creativity Explored

San Francisco, CA

Detail of Josephine Baker Earthquake Thunder by Daniel Green © 2010 Creativity Explored Licensing, LLC, marker and colored pencil on wood, 23 x 14 inches

Daniel Green's first solo exhibiton.

Days of our Lives is the first solo exhibition of work by San Francisco native, Daniel Green, opening January 15, 2015. Green (b.1985) joined the studio on a full-time basis in 2008, and is one of the youngest artists working at Creativity Explored. Featured will be Green’s signature work that conveys an intense and playful fascination with American entertainment and popular culture. The exhibition will be on view through March 4, 2015.

Most of the works are drawings with ink on wood, in which Green meticulously catalogs text often incorporating imagery as well. His pieces feature figures from television, politics, sports, or history, and then carefully list dates, titles of shows and songs, cities, and names. Sometimes visible within the extensive listings are words like “Smile,” “Now Eric,” “Shut Up Gilles,” “No More Treasure Island Movin’ Back,” which reveal direct and personal commentary on his immediate environment and concerns.

Green’s process of methodically indexing his everyday life, American entertainment, and popular culture, combine in his work, I Have the Dream, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 2014, 17.75 x 16 inches. While upon first glance the text may seem to be random, really the work is a way for Green to organize, archive, and process information from his day-to-day life. In this ink on wood, Green lists dates like “September 1987,” the names of TV channels like “KQED TV Channel 9 PBS,” and of a menu with prices such as “Turkey Burgers $6.00.” He also references the competitive fighting video game, Street Fighter by listing street fights that occur in the video game, such as “Ryu vs. E. Honda, New York City.” Green juxtaposes the text with images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. not as a political statement, but rather a personal reflection. Green emphasizes the phrases “Be Yourself” and “I have the dream” in silver metallic ink as though reminders to himself. Infused with nuanced references, the work of Green demonstrates how to remain contemplative in the distraction of daily life.

Green's work was featured in several prominent exhibitions including Create, a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder that originated at University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2011, This Will Never Work at Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, in 2013, Outsider Artists, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, in 2013, Faces at the Jack Fischer gallery, San Francisco, CA, in 2011. 

Curated by Eric Larson.

Opening Reception

January 15, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Music mixes by DJfact50

Donor Preview*

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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FREE parking available during the opening reception at Mission Dolores Church (enter on Church Street) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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