James T. Green

Instill Fear in Them Every Time They Leave Their Homes: Using fonts found from a Google search of “african fonts,” I created an animation that spells out the above quote from NYC police commissioner Raymond Kelly. This was spoken in regards to the stop-and-frisk ordinance.

James T. Green is a designer and artist currently based in Chicago, Illinois. His art practice builds on an interest in self-identity, online engagement and our growing dependence on technology. His design practice focuses on making great things for the greater good. Both practices work in tandem. James will be showing in the exhibition No Gods No Masters. at Chicago Artists Coalition along with two other HATCH Projects artists Jesse Butcher and Christopher Meerdo. The exhibition is curated by Teresa Silva and opens Friday, May 10 from 6–9pm and runs through May 30th. He has shown works at the Chicago Cultural Center, Filter Photo Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Art, including a residency with the ACRE Artist Residency Program. He has designed with organizations including TEDxWindyCity, Black Girls Run, and Red Bike and Green. James T. Green loves to see how art and design interact to convert spaces and create conversations.

The convenience store is seen as the central of many African American neighborhoods. A central meeting point for various activities and products. I went out to explore how the lights of a convenience store shine during the night time hours, emulating the purpose of a beacon of a lighthouse; reminding you of where you are no matter how far you stray away.

With technology, we are able to not only archive our lives but create new stories with the power of editing. By the stroke of a mouse, we are able to create, edit, or delete a story that did not independently exist. Using personal archived footage from 2006-2011, I attempted to create a new dialogue from within my family, as well as exploring the role technology has in the communication efforts of my immediate and extended family.