accidental art

What is accidental art?

“As a photographer, I use the capabilities of technology, distort reality, alienate, emphasize to change ‘Sehgewohnheiten’ - follow the trail of light, colors, lines and geometry - search and record and discover and consecrate that which is otherwise lurking.

Art mostly happens purely by chance. It is there, but unseen, surrounding us in our daily life. People create artistry every day, predominately unintentionally, by doing everyday things.

We do not perceive its beauty. We are blinded by our routine context. And it is important the we learn to sharpen our senses and become au courant with our surroundings. Art which is found on power boxes, on construction machines, on old weathered billboards and in house entrances. We see perished metal, old stickers, postpartum effigies, etc. but do not recognize its gestalt. It is everywhere and yet remains mostly invisible and awaiting discovery.” - GG Green

For GG Green, the photographic process is a method to remove this Accidental Art from its prevailing context. Manifesting and awakening the art by placing it in a new frame of reference. By seeing the otherwise unseen, Green gives it a new form, a space and a life. The invisible becomes visible. The camera in his hands creates a new context, a new perspective, highlighting and documenting what is mostly overlooked.

This echos Green’s deep fascination with DADA, Musique concrète, De Stijl and Artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Theo von Doesburg and Delia Derbyshire. In the tradition of these artists and their artistic goals, Green attempts to expand the boundaries of our perception of what constitutes and is accepted as art. Green’s Accidental Art combines elements of Ready Mades with the graphic expression De Stijl. Green describes his style of work as an attempt to pay homage to Derbyshire’s groundbreaking work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in a visual instead of an acoustic context. Also by changing context, much like the juxtaposition of an iron with nails in Ray’s Le Cadeau or that famous Objet Trouvé, Duchamp’s Fountain, the mundane is raised to a higher plane of perception.

Green also says, “It is just plain fun to discover greatness in the little, forgotten, often decayed things surrounding us in everyday life.”