This is Daniel Green. Born in 1985, he’s one of the youngest artists to have exhibited at San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a studio space and gallery for artists with developmental disabilities.
This is Green’s work. Created with ink on wood, the dizzying drawings are jumbled catalogues of contemporary life, bubbling concoctions mixing politics, sports, soap operas, song lyrics, personal dates, family members and friends. Text plays a major role in Green’s artwork, with lines from “I have a dream” to “Turkey Burgers $6.00” sprinkled across the wooden canvasses. The artworks are vibrant depictions of everyday life, static images charged with as much momentum as a television screen flittering through channels, flashing a motley assemblage of images and words.
When pressed on his aversion to the term outsider art, Larson elaborated on his hesitation. “I understand there needs to be a term for it, but it implies that inside/outside dichotomy. On a certain level we’re all just artists. Some might have more attention than others but there is a real democratic view of what art is here at the studio. I don’t necessarily have a problem with it, because you need to have a label on it in some way, but especially with a disabled community it implies they are somehow outside the mainstream. And I think Daniel’s work is actually very contemporary. You look at it and it captures the spirit of the times as far as multiple screens competing for your attention: video games, TV shows, computer screens, he naturally kind of represents that in his art.”
“Days of Our Lives” runs until March 4, 2015 at Creativity Explored in San Francisco. See a preview below.