- Posted on Apr 19th 2010 12:00PM by Linda Laban
"The first time I got interested in art was when I stole a book of paintings from the school library," Green tells Spinner. "I felt so guilty after that I made myself get into a car accident." Wasn't that a bit extreme? "Well I know that now," he says tersely, "but at the time I was still young. I must have been 16."
The ever-intriguing Green says he started painting after he finished his latest record, 'Minor Love,' which was released in February. "I was going through weird things in my life. Painting was the only thing I could do. I was doing it to get attention from girls and also from my father. I was always in rooms with girls who were silent and would look the other way. So, I had to make the paintings better and better so they'd start looking at them. At the time I couldn't get all the attention I needed."
While Green might not be entirely serious in explaining his artistic activity, the exhibition, which benefits Artists for Peace and Justice, is a sizeable collection that includes 18 large-scale (30"x40") acrylic or watercolor paintings, 19 drawings, 20 collages and 12 sculptures of plaster, papier-mâché or papier-mâché and mixed materials.
"It's terribly time-consuming and incredibly messy," he says of working with papier-mâché. "I basically wrecked my apartment doing it. They call me glue man at the store near my house. At one point I had to make something up, because they asked me what I was doing with all that glue. I told them I was going to glue a pinball machine to the side of a building."
Green will also perform at New York's Bowery Ballroom on April 23 and 24 as part of his ongoing tour.