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There was a time around 2008, when every art-school hipster hang on the pouty lips of Adam Green. When the “Mouldy Peaches” frontman crooned “Jessica”, “Friends of mine” and, most notably, “Anyone else but you”, it made people feel like fainting en masse. The sensation wasn’t exclusive to female art history students.
Fast forward to August 2013. It’s the end of a Summer’s day in a small gallery on Langstrasse, smack-bang in Zurich’s Red Light District. Green is barely recognisable underneath his beard and hat. The former sex-symbol looks like a hippiesque cross between a member of Brooklyn’s Hasidic community and a Swiss farmer. The look serves a purpose. Green is now pursuing a career as an artist, having found critical acclaim with his 2012 show “Cartoon & Complaint”. When I asked him to take his pictures in front of his “From A Darker Time” paintings, he didn’t need any directions, though. All the little poses and pouts, they were still there – and Adam Green knew damn well how to use them to best effect. You know a star when you see him through the lens of your camera.
Though officially on a break from music, Green later gave a concert in the packed gallery. Hopefully, the new fine artist won’t give up his musical career entirely, as he is such a gifted performer.
During his visit to Switzerland, Green also announced he is to direct his second film, called “Adam Green’s Aladdin“. The feature length art film is to star Green, as well as props, artworks and music by the artist. Confirmed cast include Macauley Culkin, who starred in Green’s first film “The Wrong Ferrari” (2011), shot entirely on an iPhone, Zoë Kravitz, Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, as well as Devendra Banhart. Oskar Weiss, the gallerist of Green’s current show, will be one of the co-producers.
Update: Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, “Adam Green’s Aladdin” was completed in 2015. The rough cut of the art film is to be screened at Foundation Beyeler in Basel on January 23, 2016.