by Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship at the opening reception of Larry Greeneye
Berenberg Gallery (3/12/09)
Today is a long
awaited celebration of the life of an artist; a life that is confined,
Larry GreenEye is placed in the category: Outsider Artist. All artists
are ‘outsiders’ whose works and the efforts for expression
and connection join them to others and to the world.
However, Larry does work for himself— as ultimately we artists
must do. Larry GreenEye is not bound by ‘rules’. He is an
original who works from his heart, from his gut — a maverick and
an inventor. Pictorial and verbal messages flow in an endless stream.
His words and
the hidden meanings behind these works are wise, sometimes sad, angry,
Loving and wishful — covering the gamut of emotions. When I look
at Larry’s images I feel a connection to the ‘human condition’.
The works transcend their physicality as does all great art. They speak
deeply, seemingly without struggle. Francis Bacon said the purpose of
art is to deepen the mystery. What is Larry, the magician, thinking
as the pen, his magic wand, flows over the paper bringing it to life?
Artists may say they know the meanings but varied interpretations arise
over time. Each of us brings a different meaning to a work of art, based
on our inner selves, as is the case in viewing these wonderful drawings.
What is ART, anyway? Andy Warhol said ‘ART is a man’s name’,
Sol LeWitt told Eva
Hesse not to worry about ‘cool’.. .to make her own ‘uncool’.
Larry GreenEye, unbound
by convention, makes his own ‘uncool’ — yet the drawings
are ‘hot’! We know Larry works for himself. Are these replacing
something lost; something that has never been? He draws male/female
figures. The drawings all seem to be ‘grounded’— for
safety, for security?
Each time I look at Larry’s work I make a new discovery find new
This has been an education for me. I see more and more depth as the
images cross my eye and mind. Lewis Hyde quote: “The old myths
say that the trickster made the world as it actually is.
Other gods set out to create a world more perfect and ideal, but this
world, with its
complexity and ambiguity, its beauty and its dirt, was trickster’s
creation, and the work is
not yet finished.