Take a look at my review for New City of Natalie Frank’s current work, Dancers and Dominas, at Rhona Hoffman gallery, on exhibit through July 7th.
Also, see previous reviews, essays, features, and various oddities I’ve written in the WORDS archive. Because why the hell not?
Moments ago I launched a crowd-funding page through Patreon. Please take a look, and even if you can’t pledge, feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from you. Even when you’re gruff and blustery. And, if you’re willing, I would be grateful if you would post links to my Patreon on the social media of your choice. I heard about this thing called FaceBook that’s good for getting the word out.
Yours truly – Damien James
PS: I’m also on Instagram now. None of us thought it would happen, but it has.
Fellow humans, above is the newest addition to the Notes to Self drawings. This piece is 30×22 and was made with ultra fine-tip turquoise Sharpies betwen the end of 2016 and the start of 2017. I know, you’re wondering why, after all these years, does Sharpie not just send me markers whenever I need them? It’s a mystery to me as well.
There are some detail shots of this drawing in the Notes to Self gallery. Feel free to take a look, a gander, have a glance, peruse. Also, if you have questions, let me know. It’s ok. I’m here for you.
Please feel free to visit the Notes to Self gallery and feast your eyes on seven new pieces. Yes, free feasting on pieces. OK, maybe it’s not actually free; it’ll cost your time, for what that’s worth (which only you can answer). But should you spend some small measure of your time here, know that you’ll have my appreciation, for what that’s worth (which only you can answer still; sorry to put this all on you, people).
These images are from a new series of drawings called Notes to Self, abstractions of written language meant to illustrate the fallibility of communication and our penchant for misinterpretation. The new work is largely rooted in post-it notes and random writings flung about my life, some serving as reminders (of things to accomplish, of ways to be) while others are trigger phrases I’m trying to purge from myself due to their deleterious effects on my psyche. Sounds fun, right? You’ll find more in the Notes to Self gallery (or from the IMAGES tab above).
Ladies and gentlemen and all the rest of you:
I’ll be at Pitchspork this weekend – July 17th through the 19th in Chicago’s lovely Union Park – selling fifty new test tube drawings. And then storming various stages to illustrate what a rock star I am. Come say hello. I’ll be in the artists coterie. Which is a fancy word for “inner circle,” though you may rest assured that if there are circles at all, I am far from in them.
A couple of these new drawings – all measuring about four by six inches – are below for your art viewing enjoyment, while more will be added to the test tube gallery in the nearish future.
The following drawings were inspired by Jonathan Lethem’s short story The Collector. See more images and find information about this illustration project by selecting The Collector and its subsequent galleries via the Images menu above.