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Case Greenfield

Artist. Philosopher. Human.

The work of Case Greenfield evolves around the idea of ‘mind models’, “the realities that we create to shape ourselves”.

He likes to call it postmodern realistic art. It’s all about the interplay between experience, imagination, and reality – whatever reality is, exactly.

His work, typically, explores the relations between reality and our interpretations of it: “Perception makes sense.” He uses artistic expression to encourage emotional affirmation of the beholder.

With his art Case aims to bring joy from beauty, and affirmation of who we are – identity and meaning through narratives, both individually and as human beings. Attempting to reduce existential loneliness, his art helps us feel that we belong in the life that we want to live. That is what he means with ‘Warm Grounding‘.

Case asks his audience: “How purposefully do you create your daily reality?

Postmodern Realist

Is Case a typically postmodern artist? Well, not really. Yes, in the sense that he does see art as a useful means to escape from the limitations of reality, but …

… Case is not a typically postmodern artist, as he does believe there is something like objective reality. But he sees that it plays just a minor role in the things we, humans, feel, think and do. He tries to find a way to merge the realities, that we create to shape ourselves, into a futuristic, trans-humanistic interpretation of reality in our age of revolutionary science and disruptive technologies, hence accepting two totally new forms of limitation: (1) our growing realization of our very limited knowledge and understanding of ‘the world and (2) our non-heroic, trivial position in the evolutionary grand scheme of things (in the line of Carl Sagan’s ‘pale blue dot’).

Hence, bridging our realities of greatness and a rapidly dawning reality of our smallness, synthesizing the Humanities and the Sciences into a ‘Grand Unified Theory of (Really, haha) Everything’, which will be far from correct or complete, but one that we can live with cosily (“warm grounding”), shedding off our confusion about … well, everything.

So, sort of a “Postmodern Realist”, attempting to close the philosophical circle of modern art from Realism to Postmodernism back to an improved form of Realism … and the next winding of the helix of human culture. Attempting to merge the realist thesis and the postmodernist anti-thesis into a new synthesis, “Postmodern Realism”: a new way to deal with reality and the realities that we create. Slowly distancing from Idealism, back to a new form of Idealistic Realism, rooted in the interpretations of eg. Velasquez and Rembrandt, but based on the latest insights from modern science, eg. neuroscience, about … well, everything … into, let’s say, the next iteration of collective truth finding, Realism, while still feeling sufficiently comfortable with it, hence Postmodern Realism. Why not too fast, why must we feel comfortable with it? Because, otherwise the collective alienation (Entfremdung or Entäußerung) will lead to global chaos.

Case uses art to communicate, because life has taught him that rational arguments and logic only bring you so far, when it comes to inspiring people. Emotional incitement through visual cues and storytelling may be a more effective means to open up for new or different mind models: identity and meaning through narratives.

And because – as the Belgian psychologist Paul Verhaeghe said – art, literature and philosophy express what we ourselves cannot express. Das gewisse Etwas. The things that we cannot name or indicate ourselves. Those things console us, they give solace in life. As Samuel Beckett said: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Artistic Philosophy and Voice

Philosophy – Case’s art expresses the messy mixture of our daily reality, our self-created realities and a new, dawning reality. It is the mixture of what we do, our deepest needs and desires and the brutal facts of the rapidly changing world around us. And even our needs and desires themselves are often conflicting – like hope and fear – eg. our need for safety and adventure, our need for relatedness and autonomy, our need for fairness and status.

Voice – The mixture is expressed in his art by using mixed media techniques, such as acrylic, pastel and oil paint, markers and spray, combining different color palettes, graphic and painting styles, abstract and realistic elements, different scales and more, into a varied yet consistent whole – creating artworks with both an identifiable tension and an identifiable feeling of comfort, that he likes to call “Warm Grounding“.

Case Greenfield’s art expresses the messy mixture of our daily reality, our self-created realities and a new, dawning reality.

The work of Case Greenfield evolves around the idea of ‘mind models’, “the realities that we create to shape ourselves”.

He likes to call it postmodern realistic art. It’s all about the interplay between experience, imagination, and reality – whatever reality is, exactly.

His work, typically, explores the relations between reality and our interpretations of it: “Perception makes sense.” He uses artistic expression to encourage emotional affirmation of the beholder.

With his art Case aims to bring joy from beauty, and affirmation of who we are – identity and meaning through narratives, both individually and as human beings. Attempting to reduce existential loneliness, his art helps us feel that we belong in the life that we want to live. That is what he means with ‘Warm Grounding‘.

Case asks his audience: “How purposefully do you create your daily reality?

Postmodern Realist

Is Case a typically postmodern artist? Well, not really. Yes, in the sense that he does see art as a useful means to escape from the limitations of reality, but …

… Case is not a typically postmodern artist, as he does believe there is something like objective reality. But he sees that it plays just a minor role in the things we, humans, feel, think and do. He tries to find a way to merge the realities, that we create to shape ourselves, into a futuristic, trans-humanistic interpretation of reality in our age of revolutionary science and disruptive technologies, hence accepting two totally new forms of limitation: (1) our growing realization of our very limited knowledge and understanding of ‘the world‘ and (2) our non-heroic, trivial position in the evolutionary grand scheme of things (in the line of Carl Sagan’s ‘pale blue dot’).

Hence, bridging our realities of greatness and a rapidly dawning reality of our smallness, synthesizing the Humanities and the Sciences into a ‘Grand Unified Theory of (Really, haha) Everything’, which will be far from correct or complete, but one that we can live with cosily (“warm grounding”), shedding off our confusion about … well, everything.

So, sort of a “Postmodern Realist”, attempting to close the philosophical circle of modern art from Realism to Postmodernism back to an improved form of Realism … and the next winding of the helix of human culture. Attempting to merge the realist thesis and the postmodernist anti-thesis into a new synthesis, “Postmodern Realism”: a new way to deal with reality and the realities that we create. Slowly distancing from Idealism, back to a new form of Idealistic Realism, rooted in the interpretations of eg. Velasquez and Rembrandt, but based on the latest insights from modern science, eg. neuroscience, about … well, everything … into, let’s say, the next iteration of collective truth finding, Realism, while still feeling sufficiently comfortable with it, hence Postmodern Realism. Why not too fast, why must we feel comfortable with it? Because, otherwise the collective alienation (Entfremdung or Entäußerung) will lead to global chaos.

Case uses art to communicate, because life has taught him that rational arguments and logic only bring you so far, when it comes to inspiring people. Emotional incitement through visual cues and storytelling may be a more effective means to open up for new or different mind models: identity and meaning through narratives.

And because – as the Belgian psychologist Paul Verhaeghe said – art, literature and philosophy express what we ourselves cannot express. Das gewisse Etwas. The things that we cannot name or indicate ourselves. Those things console us, they give solace in life. As Samuel Beckett said: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Artistic Philosophy and Voice

Philosophy – Case’s art expresses the messy mixture of our daily reality, our self-created realities and a new, dawning reality. It is the mixture of what we do, our deepest needs and desires and the brutal facts of the rapidly changing world around us. And even our needs and desires themselves are often conflicting – like hope and fear – eg. our need for safety and adventure, our need for relatedness and autonomy, our need for fairness and status.

Voice – The mixture is expressed in his art by using mixed media techniques, such as acrylic, pastel and oil paint, markers and spray, combining different color palettes, graphic and painting styles, abstract and realistic elements, different scales and more, into a varied yet consistent whole – creating artworks with both an identifiable tension and an identifiable feeling of comfort, that he likes to call “Warm Grounding“.

Case Greenfield’s art expresses the messy mixture of our daily reality, our self-created realities and a new, dawning reality.

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Dutch born artist, residing in Amsterdam, NL. Case works both in his Amsterdam studio and studios in the beautiful Mediterranean south of France. He frequently travels around the world to gain inspiration for his art, especially in Shanghai and New York.

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Trajectory

Wanting to become an artist at 16, destiny pushed Case into a science education and business career. Finally, in 2020, the corona crisis made Case decide to follow his passion and become an artist after all.

Background

Work

Dutch born artist, residing in Amsterdam, NL. Case works both in his Amsterdam studio and studios in the beautiful Mediterranean south of France. He frequently travels around the world to gain inspiration for his art, especially in Shanghai and New York.

History

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Wanting to become an artist at 16, destiny pushed Case into a science education and business career. Finally, in 2020, the corona crisis made Case decide to follow his passion and become an artist after all.

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