Doze Green - "Crossroads of Humanity", 2009
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The Artist: Jeffrey "Doze" Green is an American street artist. Jeffrey "Doze” Green was born in Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York, 1964 to a family which consisted of musicians and artists. He attended the High School of Art and Design, along with graf artists like Lady Pink, Daze, Ernie Valdez, Seen TC5, Mr. Wiggles, and others. He is one of the pioneers of street art movement and a b-boy member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, which popularized breakdancing. In 1977, he joined the world famous Rock Steady Crew. The crew first started dancing at art exhibitions and galleries of Soho and the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The subway-tagging graffiti artist often participated in breakdance performances at SoHo and Lower East Side galleries. The Crew also appeared in major movies such as Wildstyle, Flashdance and Style Wars. Over the years, Doze Green’s paintings have progressed from streets and into galleries. In the same spirit of graffiti they tell the stories of the oppressed which continue to be largely untold. His art career began on the walls and eventually the trains of NYC in 1974. By the mid 1980’s, he was exhibiting his work in art spaces such as the O.K. Harris Gallery, Tony Shafrazi Gallery and the fun gallery. Doze Green’s work is in may public and private collections throughout the USA, Japan, Europe and Australia. The artist is also interested in sculpture, ceramics and animation. He has performed live painting shows.
The Installation: Moving from walls to canvas, Green’s recent paintings, influenced by the art of the Edo Period in Japan and created with gesso and sumi ink, incorporate his signature style of figurative abstraction and use of letterforms while at the same time posing metaphysical questions about the nature of narrative, the physics of time, and the possibility of immortality. He calls them “biological entities, a swarm of arrows coming in from infinite perspective.” Taking three weeks to complete in 2009, Doze Green recently completed a set of two large-scale public murals commissioned by CityCenter. The artist titled the project: Crossroads of Humanity. The two murals, which contain muti-figure imagery, occupy the surfaces of 6 conjoined walls (3 walls each). Wrapping around several corners (Fig. 01), the total combined wall distance measures 80 feet wide by 20 feet high, per mural. Using an art of mediums such as link, gouache, and metallic pigments with an evolved, organic cubist quality to his high-contrast fluid line work. The artist’s genealogy inspires many of the themes explored therein, influenced by ancient civilizations and indigenous cultures, including his own Afro-Caribbean roots. The totem-like human and animal figures are conceptually based on various polytheistic deities (Fig. 02). There divinities represent sentinels guardians of universal truths, immortal warriors warning mankind of the dangers contemporary society has manifested, looming on the horizon and threatening to destroy us.
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