Primarily influenced by color and light, Northampton, Massachusetts-based artist Sean Greene creates abstract designs filled with motion. For his contribution to west elm’s collaboration with 20×200, Sean’s original painting was inspired by sunlight moving through a room.
Typograph 5 by Sean Greene. Frame: 30″ x 40″; mat opening 22.15″ x 26″.
ARTIST Q&A: Sean Greene
Tell us about your work:
My work is about light, color and geometry. The Typograph series deals with saturation. Using one hue, I shift from neutral to muted to full saturation to visualize the sensation one gets from natural light. Yellow daubs of paint become a visual metaphor for light. It takes a fleeting, momentary sensation and transforms it into one that we can revisit over and over.
How do you live with art?
Getting to know art is like getting to know people. You invite the art, give it the space it needs and then you interact with it. Art should attract you and draw you in, not simply decorate your walls. If the art is good, it will unfold and elevate your awareness as you spend time with it.
What is a favorite gallery or museum that you particularly love or that inspires your work?
I love to see what’s being made right now and I depend on the entire New York City gallery scene. I also love MASS MoCA in Massachusetts, with its 105 Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings. And I don’t want to leave out Dia:Beacon for its thoughtful installations of some of the great artists of the second half of the last century—culturally, we are all still chewing on that work.
Tell us about what it’s like to work with 20×200 as an artist.
It has been a great two years since I started working with 20×200. Jen Bekman and all the folks who make it work seem authentically interested in spreading their excitement. For the amount of work, care and thought it takes to make 20×200 work as well as it does, I am really astounded by the grace and respect they show me as an artist.
For more about Sean, visit 20×200.
Image: portrait courtesy of Jim Gipe/Pivot Media