A Chat with Damon SouleJuxtapoz // Sunday, 07 Feb 2010
I recently (virtually) chatted it up with visionary artist Damon Soule whose work is pretty mind-blowing. According to Damon, “words tend to get in the way of the visual experience,” so we will let his work speak for itself…well, his work and the answers to my questions.--Elise Hennigan
EH: Why are you an artist Damon?
DS: I don't ever remember making the decision to become an artist. As a kid I was always changing my mind about what I wanted to do when I grew up. However one thing remained a constant, I absolutely loved to draw and make things. I guess it just kind of happened naturally and I don't give it too much thought. For better or worse, making art is just the activity I've devoted most of my time to.
What’s the most interesting thing that someone has said to you about one of your paintings?
The most interesting things I hear are when someone knows exactly what I'm getting at, having never explicitly outlined the premise behind it. It hasn't happened very often but it blows my mind when it does. It's never my intention to try to enlighten someone with my "brilliant" thoughts; I just enjoy making stuff about things that I find interesting.
Being an artist in a recession…good thing?
To be honest I haven't noticed the difference. This isn't my first recession as a full time artist nor do I think it will be the last. Despite many peoples aspirations I don't think this is a line of work that is extremely lucrative. As an artist you tend to have your own personal recessions. Be it money, working habits, love, etc.
What do you like/dislike about collaborating with other artists?
I love the camaraderie. Hanging out with like-minded people just having a good time with the process. I learn a lot when working with friends, sharing ideas and techniques.
Can you talk about your latest series of paintings and what you are trying to achieve with Modus Alone?
I try and stay away from talking too much about content. I like to leave a great deal to the viewer. Words tend to get in the way of the visual experience. I know that answer may seem trite but I am a firm believer in leaving some mystery. That being said...
Damon Soule will show “Modus Alone” at Thinkspace Gallery, opening February 12th, 2010.