Josh Greene
An Exercise in Amateurs

Josh Greene

In 2001, conceptual artist Josh Greene decided to get into the therapy game by opening what he called an unlicensed therapy office. His mom is a therapist, he’s Jewish so, according to him, therapy was an inevitable part of his life and he thought to himself that it would be a lot like giving advice to his friends, only more official. Therapy is about listening, about offering people a space to express their thoughts. He rented a space in a bustling area of San Francisco, called it Unlicensed Therapy and attracted a regular clientele, But this office was soon shut down by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. It’s been revived in an exhibition titled Amateurs and in this interview, Greene speaks about the ephemeral nature of his work, the sometimes boring therapy sessions he has had and whether being an artist has proven to be the right choice for him.