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Introducing Dan Green our new Guest Blogger

A warm welcome to our new Guest Blogger Dan Green who will be joining us for the next two weeks, we asked Dan 10 questions to get to know him a little bit better.

Who are you?

I am a visual artist based in Nottingham interested in unreachable dreams and the idea of an untouchable God, spun with an air of hope and optimism tinged by a sadness belied by the fear of inevitable disappointment.  References to Romantic painting alongside a minimal aesthetic with a voice that references a deep, personal meditation that is constantly looking for the satisfaction of an encounter with the sublime.

What brought you to Nottingham?

I originally arrived in Nottingham as a Fine Art student at Trent.

What keeps you in Nottingham?

The possibilities it presents to an early-career artist.  Beginning a collective with other graduates based here (Sixes & Sevens) has been a major factor, as has enjoying the city itself.  The excitement  about Nottingham Contemporary had built from our first year, and we were eager to be here when it opened as well as for the upcoming British Art Show this autumn.

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

As someone engaged in the visual arts in Nottingham, there are three things that make people stand out; their interests, the quality of their work and their professionalism and involvement.  I’m certainly working on the third and the second is a constant process whilst the first is to be judged by others.  I think that getting involved with various projects has helped me to build a profile here, but in the end my work has to speak for itself.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I have set myself a target of enrolling on an MA within the next 5-6 years, so assuming I find the right course at the right time I imagine I will be studying or more qualified.  I will be involved in the creative industries somehow, but my present philosophy is to keep working at a few different disciplines in the hope that one or two might begin to stand out as ideal practices for my future.

What do you wish you had more time for?

Family, films and reading.  Although I fear the latter is often due to a lack of self motivation.

What keeps you awake at night?

Heat, moments of unexpected thought, cheese and on occasions, my housemates.

What do you think is Nottinghams best kept secret?

Private caves, I’ve been in a few and they are wonderful.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

Velvet.

What Big thing are you currently working on?

I’ve been developing a series of photographs based on Caspar David Friedrich paintings, and plans for Sideshow with Sixes & Sevens.

Dan also blogs at  dan-green.blogspot.com and  sixessevens.blogspot.com