We welcome this San Francisco legend back after some time spent in NYC and Portland. His show Amused Loon ran at Joshua Liner in NYC last October and since has been working towards Same Loud No which opens May 7th at Fecal Face Dot Gallery. Damon hasn't shown in San Francisco for a few years... We catch up with the cofounder of the now defunct FIT skateboards and sample the upcoming show.
Yeah... ummm. There seem to be a lot of squares. There is a piece about prime numbers and one about the golden ratio as it relates to nocturnal birds of prey. to be honest I'm not quite sure why. I was having these crazy dreams. it's kind of hard to explain but I was having multiple dreams at the same time but they were contained in these boxes and I was moving from dream to dream or box to box. It was very strange.
Yeah I'm still here in NY. It can be a little distracting at times but I get pretty focused when I'm in the groove. When I'm working I'm not that into socializing.
To be honest the last few weeks have been pretty rough. I have this weird thing called cluster headaches. They are excruciatingly painful headaches behind my right eye and temple. I get 1 to 3 of them every day and they last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. Usually the same time each day. It will go on like that for a couple of months and than inexplicably disappear as suddenly as they appeared for as long as a year. It's very odd. It's been happening since my late teens. At any rate I'm right in the middle of a cycle now and it sucks. I'm hoping it goes away before I get out to SF for the show. I can't drink at all because it will trigger a headache.
Yeah it's true there are definitely similar elements. I can remember one time we hadn't seen each others new work for over a year and we had this show together and when we were unpacking the work we had all these new things in our work that were really similar. We were just laughing like what the fuck, "Get outta my head"... At the same time though I think we have very different ideas. Before we met we were both fans of each others stuff. At that time we were both doing a lot of robots and that kind of sci-fi figurative stuff so in a way we kind of started from the same place. We kind of have this little group that borrows from each other unashamedly. Me, Mario, Nome, David Lee, Oliver. I don't think it's a secret, it's clearly there but ultimately I think our work is unique and stands on its own.
Yeah those were great times. I dropped out of SFAI to do that. Once FIT was over I decided to go full steam into doing my own shit. At that point there weren't a whole lot of galleries to show at, but there were more and more of us producing work and people interested in seeing it. It was pretty exciting seeing things grow organically.
Well I grew up in New Orleans but when I was 16 I got into some trouble and went to live with my mom who had moved to Colorado Springs. There was a huge skate scene there and I just bummed around with my buddies there for a couple of years. A bunch of people I knew had moved to SF and the place just sounded exciting. One weekend a couple of my friends were back in Colorado visiting and I just asked if I could get a ride back with them. I left almost everything I had and came out there.
The truth is I just said the first five names that came to mind. It's really hard to have a few favorites when you think of all the artists that have ever lived. But to answer your question, I think her association helped by giving her a lot more notoriety but at the same time it kind of turned her into a punch line. It's unfortunate because she has done some really interesting things.
I was definitely still working. I think I was just drawing more. Also when I was in SF I was doing like a new show every month for years and when I left I decided to slow it down a bit and spend more time on less work. I only do 1 or 2 shows a year instead of 12. If you miss one or two it would seem like I quit making stuff.
Most of my work was about emergent complexity, which is something I was reading as much about as I could find.
Ohh, that's hard. Fried chicken in a soda cup.
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