To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given* reveals itself through a multi-plane animated sculpture, a series of polarized lenses and structures created by artist Brent Green for the viewer's discovery and wonderment.
In the narrative, the work centers on the tale of the woman who sewed the spacesuit for Laika, the dog sent into space by the Soviets in 1957.
Conceptually, the work pulsates with the intensity of the artist's signature soundtrack - articulating themes of progress and insight, of invention, exploration and faith.
The title piece is accompanied in the exhibition space by two of the artist's previous films, Carlin and Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. Presented together, the narratives of these three works delve into the strange fates of the characters for which each is based. Green provides us, in one exhibition space, an opportunity to question the ever-transitioning world in which we live, and the unknown of what is just beyond the horizon.
Brent Green, known for his poetic works that address complex struggles, is a self-taught artist and filmmaker who lives and works in a barn in Cressona, PA. The artist has been in residence at Grand Central Art Center since the beginning of October, developing a new feature length work based upon stories and personal recollections of his grandfather.
*Appropriated by Green, the exhibition title comes from English poet and novelist Stevie Smith's (b. Florence Margaret Smith, 1902-1971) "From the Greek," a wry and rhythmic quatrain that parallels the artist's own style.
- To Many Men Strange Fates Are Given was created by the artist while in residence at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Troy, NY.
Brent Green is a self-taught artist and filmmaker who lives and works in a barn in Cressona, PA. Know for his poetic works that address complex personal struggles, the artist will be in residence in the fall of 2012, creating a new multi-channel video installation for solo exhibition in the main gallery. Green will also conduct outreach programs with teens of the Santa Ana community, through animation and stop-motion filmmaking techniques, helping youth in the development of original content. His time at Grand Central Art Center will also include a screening with live soundtrack, performed by Brent Green and his selected musicians, of past animation works by the artist.
The opening reception will take place during the Artists Village Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana on Saturday, December 1, from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.