Shotgun Review


By Shotgun Reviews March 29, 2012

Janus (2010) is a work of art made by Scott Greene. It is a black-and-white drawing of a head with two faces looking in opposite directions. The head rests on a tree that is marked with paint and cuts. The base of the tree is littered with different war helmets and garbage sacks.

The faces are very different from one another. One of the faces is blank except for a joker-like expression painted on to make the face look like a mask. The other face is relaxed and does not show any emotions. Its mouth is open and it is apparently eating a round object. The backs of the faces merge into one another, sharing hair that is adorned with a bone and some flowers.

The drawing gives you a sense of lies and decay. A partially hidden rat and a rotting fruit, along with the garbage bags, show that it is a place for trash. The war helmets show that war and death would be common around these figures, and the joker face signifies lies, trickery, and deceit.

This drawing is a unique portrait of two different faces. The tributes littered around the tree vary from spears and doorknobs to feathers. Overall, Janus is not a joyful drawing.


Scott Greene. Janus, 2010; pen and brush and India ink on paper; 29 x 23 in. unframed; 41 x 35 in. framed. Courtesy of the Artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.


Portraiture Post Facebook is on view at Catharine Clark Gallery, in San Francisco, through April 7, 2012. This review was produced as part of the Art Smarts workshop held in conjunction with 826 Valencia.


Kyra Newcomb is twelve years old, and she likes: pie, manga, optical illusions, furry stuff, wings, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, messy projects, reading, Kirby, and robots.

Kyra Newcomb

Kyra Newcomb. Self-portrait sketch, 2012; graphite on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.

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