Here’s a nice Q&A by The Hokin Projects about tonight’s show. They are seriously a great bunch.
Meet James T Green
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do
I’m an artist, designer and illustrator who loves to create great things for great people. In fine art, I primarily focus on human and social interaction with technology through video, digital based installation, and performance work. In graphic design, I gravitate toward lettering, illustration and branding, including print and web design. I feel that art and design is separated too much in the creative world and I want my work to bridge the gap.
How does social media influence your work?
Heavily! I use social media daily to interact with friends and promote my freelance work, so it was only natural that I placed the mirror on my own habits. After wondering why I was obsessed with its inner workings and society’s current dependance on it, I’ve been using my art practice as a way to personally investigate those questions and making myself more aware of online habits and trends.
What do you want a viewer to walk away with after seeing your work?
I want the viewer to either insert themselves in the piece or open themselves to another person’s perspective. My social interaction with technology is going to be different from someone else’s but there is still a commonality where everyone can connect.
What was the most interesting reaction you have gotten from a viewer?
Laughter! A majority of my work I tend to inject humor, simply because I enjoy being happy and I want viewers to not only view the work with a slight grin, but question why they find it funny or offensive.
Can you tell us a bit about your process in art making?
Usually it starts with me daydreaming about a subject, why something works, or how something became what it is. Nine times out of ten those questions are in the root of human’s relationship to technology. Next I take the question that sparks my interest the most and research the hell out of it. Research can include the history of that subject, to figuring out how technology plays a role. After gaining a strong understanding of the “why,” usually a personal connection is discovered where I can relate to the subject that interests me. Lastly I figure out a way to properly communicate that idea and interest in that is accessible to an audience and construct the piece.