Imperia by Conner Green

Conner Green is an interdisciplinary artist currently living in Madison, WI. Born in Indianapolis, IN, he studied art and literature at Indiana University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. In 2012 he was featured in an exhibition entitled “Future Tense : The New Monochromatic” at the TOC Gallery in Kobe, Japan. In 2010 he was the recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters Chapter Career Award. He has worked at the International Center of Photography in New York City and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He is currently an instructor and MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

"I am interested in how we as humans understand and interact with monumental structures and spatial domains. I understand ‘architecture’ to refer to more than just the design and decoration of buildings, but also to human thoughts or actions that make order and meaning out of random space. My work, in part, attempts to excavate and expose these embedded meanings.

In Imperia, I sought to create a kind of typological architectural survey. Each piece is a densely layered and abstracted composition that depicts an iconic architectural form. The structures themselves are not intended to represent any specific existing structure but rather to portray an abstracted composite of different built forms throughout history. The work is created using a unique process, compiling hundreds of architectural blueprints and my own drawings or photographs and subsequently constructing them on a digital platform. I use the otherwise systematic, orderly language of architecture— blueprints—to create something chaotic and violent, subverting the process of ‘architectural’ creation."

All images: Conner Green