Same Loud No
Opening Reception: Thurs. May 7th, ’09
Fecal Face Gallery
Check out a brand new interview Fecal Face just did with Damon here.
As a child Damon Soule (b. 1974) became so engrossed in his drawing that it became a distraction; at age 16 he dropped out of school opting for the immediacy of GED. At 19, with $300, a packed bag of clothes, and small box of art supplies, Damon moved to San Francisco, CA and enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Program at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1996 Soule became the Art Director and Co-founder of FIT skateboards and Civilian Clothing. After art directing the brands for a number of years, he sold his portion of the business to pursue art full-time.
Soule’s paintings and drawings have since been featured in group exhibitions in San Francisco at 111 Minna Gallery, White Walls, Punch Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery, Rizzoli Gallery, Culture Cache, New Langton Arts (“I Dart SF”, 2003) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (“Outside Art”, 2002). Recent shows also include “New Works” by Oliver Vernon and Damon Soule at BLVD Gallery, Seattle (2007); “Green Art Exhibition” at Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica (2007); and “Stories From the Wonderland” at Dorothy Circus Gallery, Rome, Italy (2008). His show “Amused Loon” ran to praise reviews at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City this past Oct.
Fecal Face Gallery
66 Gough St @ Market
San Francisco, CA
Keep tabs on Damon Soule
via his blog here
Look for Damon to invade Los Angeles next spring… more on that soon.
ARMSROCK is hard at work on his upcoming debut European solo show, set to take place at Intoxicated Demons in Berlin, Germany.
“A Horrible Jungle”
A room installation made of drawings, and an archive of things done
May 16th – June 7th
Intoxicated Demons Gallery
Juxtapoz also just posted a fresh set of ’20 Questions’ with the man, check it out here.
ARMSROCK’s statement on his new series for “A Horrible Jungle”:
Because I used to regard art and its attached institutions as a method and a space, through which and where I could examine and convey things, I have become a collector of information and images. Because I was secretly hoping that the collected amount of visual debris and human byproduct would yield some kind of answer from which I could wrench out some kind of sense. Therefor it seems only natural to me, that I would set out to create an archive. Most of everything I do seems to be connected to the assembling of information for this notebook on the human condition. Therefor it is not easy for me to identify or name the specific nature of this archive. It is a traveling black box…
It is a unsorted pile of vicious and unvictorious information that they brought in the newspapers, the books, the televisions. It is an echo of something that they shouted in the streets, and it is the smell of smoke from its own burning. It’s a theatrical violence report. A letter of acknowledgment of my own subjective fear andfascination combined with that which is dreadful and violent, grotesque and morbid. It is a paradox. It is pathos. It is a collage of registrations and colliding observations. An examination of the riddle that lies within that which is made visible as well as a study of invisible mechanisms. It is an attempt to,create comprehensibility while also striving to break it apart. An axis of accumulated signals and mis-communication…
To “know” each thing and its form. To make “signs” of the multitudinous, the incomprehensible, the impassable. To make these thing graspable. All the while acknowledging their fleeting and in-graspable nature. An attempt of decoding through the creation of form in imagery. To strive to identify those abstract powers that propels us into action. To make the human figure into a tool, as it has been so often and for so long, through which the language of form can transmit the identity of ”deed”. It is an attempt to keep nihilism at bay, and positivism in check.
Keep tabs on ARMSROCK via his blog here.
Audrey Kawasaki @ Space Yui – May 9th
We first posted about this special show here back in late March. Audrey has recently updated her blog with a new image of works in progress (above). She continues to excel and the new works are just beautiful. Very much looking forward to seeing all the works in the show, as I’m sure many of you are as well. Soon as we see more, we’ll be sure to post here to share.