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Place(s) of work: Cressona, PA (us)
Born in West Virginia, Brent Green is a self-taught filmmaker who actively works out of a barn in Cressona, Pennsylvania. Often creating eerie figurines, Green began his career filming short stop-motion animations and in April 2010 finished his first stop-motion feature length film entitled Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then. As a multi-talented artist, Brent Green composes original scores for his films and frequently stages synchronized performances with screenings of his work. His live performances pair his poetic, animated drawings with his own musical narrative, often recorded with members of Fugazi, Califone, and Wilco.
Brent Green is a story teller, a singer, songwriter, and a master at creating animated stories using captivating drawings and figurines that he crafts himself. Often referred to as a genius do-it-yourself filmmaker, his films are marked by their gestural movements and dark themes. Brent’s stories explore the paradox of life, death, and everything in between. His aesthetic favors imperfection over slickness. His narrations come as spur of the moment thoughts recorded throughout his daily life. In addition to the ebb-and-flow of life's uncertainties, Green cites Kurt Vonnegut as a significant influence in his work.
His work has been a regular feature at many film festivals, including Sundance (2006-09), BAM Next Wave (2007), and the Rotterdam International (2006). He has performed at the Wexner Center, Columbus (2006), the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2006), and The Kitchen, New York (2008). Other recent solo exhibitions include: SITE Sante Fe (2009); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2008); Sculpture Center, Cleveland (2007); Bellwether Gallery, New York (2007). In 2005, Green was the recipient of a grant from Creative Capital. His relentless energy has earned him the attention of leading museums and film institutions such as the MoMA, the Hammer Museum, and the IFC.(read less)
Inspirations & Key Themes: Death, Human Behavior, human condition, literature, Meaning of Life, Narrative
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