Adam Green’ s Teen Tech was unveiled during an upbeat art opening at the Morrison Hotel Gallery Bowery, a veritable who’s who of NYC’s indie and major label rock glitterati. The artist was present amongst friends, as was iconic photographer Mick Rock, who schmoozed alongside the likes of Interpol’s Paul Banks, The Strokes’ Fab Moretti, The Pierces’ Catherine Pierce, We Are Scientist’s Keith Murray and Dev of Lightspeed Champion, all against a backdrop of Green’s playful, kitchy range of technicolor cartoon works. Green’s tongue-in-cheek, often dark, nods to famous comic characters in “adult cartoon” or wartime situations with titles like “Tubateer” or “Manacles” were hung next to sculptures and mixed-media/fashion magazine clippings and illustrated collages, the latter being a collaboration between Green and his friend/it-girl Cory Kennedy.
The exhibition was unexpectedly vast considering Green’s foray into art only started about a year and a half ago, with 12 sculptures of plaster, papier-mâché, or papier-mâché and mixed materials; 18 large-scale paintings; 19 drawings; and 20 collages. The art, some of which already was sold, (as judging from the number of big red dots), came in an array of price tags, from a couple hundred for some of the notable smaller pieces to over twelve for the large-scale paintings. Since a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization Artists for Peace and Justice, (with 100% of their funds raised towards rebuilding and maintaining long-term sustainability in Haiti), the prices seemed fair.
Green has mentioned he’ll always be a musician foremost, but recently turned to art as something to do alone in his quieter moments, and of course, as a hepcat way to garner interest from girls.
Teen Tech is open to the public today and tomorrow 12pm to 7pm, April 23rd and 24th, coinciding with Green’s Bowery Ballroom shows. Any remaining art can still be bought after the show closes. Check here for details. –Madeline Virbasius/Painting shown above is “Tubateer” by Adam Green, watercolor on cardboard