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“Green works in the tradition of artist as mythmaker, as teller of tall tales. If Mark Twain were with us today, he would probably be engaged in endeavors comparable to Green’s films. – Art in America
“There’s no easy way to summarize the ragged beauty of the work. – BOMB


Working on his farm outside of New Paltz, NY, Brent Green is a self-taught visual artist and filmmaker. Green’s films have screened, often with live musical accompaniment, in film and art settings alike at venues such as MoMA, BAM, The Getty, Walker, Hammer Museum, The Kitchen, Boston MFA, Wexner, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rotterdam Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival as well as rooftops, warehouses and galleries throughout the globe. Often, his sculptural work and large-scale installation are displayed alongside his animated films, he’s had solo
exhibitions at a bunch of places including the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, The Kohler Arts Center and the Berkeley Art Museum. Green’s work has been supported by Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society and the MAPfund. His art is in some fine public collections including MoMA, the Hammer Museum and the American Folk Art Museum. Green is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery in NYC.


w/ The Messthetics

A wholly unique live cinema experiment live cinema conceived and illustrated by acclaimed filmmaker, musician and author Brent Green, the work features live music by The Messthetics (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally of Fugazi with guitarist Anthony Pirog) and includes several short film works all narrated live with additional musical accompaniment. The full length evening of work includes A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness, Carlin, Paulina Hollers, Hadacol Christmas and Strange Fates, along with Green’s own commentary and unfurling rapport with the audience that defines the unique, localized experience of every engagement.

A Brief Spark Bookended by Darkness is characterized by Green’s spindly drawing style and moving musical score guided by spoken lyrics in the artist’s inimitable, quivering voice. The story he recounts is caught up in despair and apprehension – as he seeks comfort by losing himself in his love of another. The world that Green presents is so intimate as to verge on the claustrophobic, a startling carnival set-up in a cramped bedroom. Though made to appear damaged and from another era, everything about A Brief Spark is calculated, considered and timed to affect. All of this poignantly represents Green’s themes of deep and desperate love, in a world that is endlessly on the verge of calamity.

Stage: Blackbox / Proscenium
Capacity: 150+
Traveling Personnel: 5
Running time: 70 minutes
Language: English
Performance space: Varies