Adam Green

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Adam Green is renowned around the globe as one of music’s most unique and prolific songwriting talents ­ his songs have been performed by artists as diverse as The  Libertines, Carla Bruni, Kelly Willis, Dean & Britta, and Will Oldham.  A New York native,  Green was just 17­years old when he recorded and released his first album. As part of  the downtown antifolk scene at the end of the nineties he made up one­half of The  Moldy Peaches, who enjoyed belated mainstream success via the Grammy­winning, #1  Billboard Chart ranking soundtrack of the 2007 Academy Award­winning movie Juno.  As a solo artist Green has recorded 9 albums, many of which have become cult hits.   His 2005 record Gemstones went Gold in Europe.   

His eruptive bursts of creativity have led him into the world of movies and visual arts ­  staging exhibitions across Europe and America, most recently at LISTE art fair in Basel.   He also found himself writing/producing/directing and acting in The Wrong Ferarri  (2010), a “screwball tragedy” which was the first feature film shot entirely on an iPhone.  It has since been featured in the curriculum of NYU’s Tisch Film School. Rolling Stone  magazine described it as “Fellini on Ketamine.”  

He's currently completing his second feature film Adam Green's Aladdin ­ an immersive  fantasy film starring Macaulay Culkin, Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat, and Francesco  Clemente ­ with Green playing Aladdin. The subversive and dazzling art­film was shot  entirely on papier­mache sets.  The story is a modern day version of Aladdin wherein  the lamp is a 3­D printer, the Princess is a decadent socialite, the planet gets a sex-change, and its population prints out an analogue version of the Internet. 

In 2015 Adam began a collaboration with Mich Dulce making a line of hats inspired by  his artwork and the Aladdin movie. The designs incorporate elements from his  HOUSEFACE symbolic alphabet, a group of reduced cubist pictographs gleaned from  the facial features of the popular cartoon characters Garfield, Big Bird, and Elmo.  In  January of 2016 he will exhibit the art from Adam Green's Aladdin at the Fondation  Beyeler Museum in Basel, Switzerland.   

Of his now multifaceted career Green, says: “You know how people are always looking  for a unifying theory? I was looking for a unifying theory of artistic expression. I was  trying to create some kind of fluidity within my music, art, writing. If you listen to my  songs, you see they’re kind of cartoonish. I try to make songs like my paintings. When  creating my movie, I approached the script like it was a song.”


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