Saturday, September 10th, 7-10pm
Addressing the volatility of sovereignty in 2011, Gregory Green’s installation Through the Night Softly eloquently speaks to an ever-miniaturizing locus of power—a shift from the centralized forms and tangible threats of nation-states to the indefinable boundaries and dissipated ideological nodes of the amorphous mass. Taking aim at the mechanics of both political leadership and aesthetic interrogation, this presentation of Green's most recent work finds illustrative possibilities in the form of the scatter; exploring how modes of dispersing resistance might be repurposed to formulate new strategies for negotiation. In a climate where "transitional authorities" have become a ubiquitous form of state control, TTNS reflects this evolving dialectic of populations and their governing forces.
Through the Night Softly also includes the NYC premier of a CBC funded feature length documentary, originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010, entitled How to Start Your Own Country directed by Jody Shapiro. The documentary features, among others, Green's ongoing project The New Free State of Caroline; and finds demonstrative potential in the quest to continually redefine the nation-state and the role of the individual and symbolic dissent within that delineation.
Since the mid-1980's, Gregory Green has created artworks and performances exploring systems of control and the evolution of individual and collective empowerment. Green's work considers the use of violence, alternatives to violence, and the accessibility of information and technology as vehicles for social or political change. With over thirty one-person exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions Gregory has played a significant role in the Contemporary Art discourse of the last 20 years. His work is included in major public and private collections, including among others the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Tate Gallery, London, the Saatchi Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Mori Museum in Tokyo and MAMCO, Geneva among others; and his work is represented by numerous commercial Galleries in Europe and the United States. Green currently resides in Tampa, Florida where he is Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.