Talking to Dameon Lester

Question: Tell me about “Ethnocentric Nature of Line”

Ethnocentric refers to the belief that one’s cultural group is centrally important, and that all other groups are measured in relation to one’s own.  The title loosely references the human race as a singular culture and it is with this mentality that we have separated ourselves from the natural environment.   This particular art show uses man-made materials to create three-dimensional line drawings in space and organic-shaped forms through intense repetitive processes. My attempts at reinventing natural or organic shapes through these processes and materials inevitably result in the beautiful failures that are my sculptures.

 

Question: Tell me about “Pattern Plan”

 is made by reusing/recycling man-made materials to create vague representations of nature that could only be produced from this second resource of unnatural materials.  These works focus on the circular form relating to one of the most basic building structures in nature and life, from blood cells to microscopic skeletal forms.  These circular units stand alone as individual forms, are shown as truncated sections, or as repeated patterns that potentially create larger environments, and relationships. I wonder to what extent this second material source can sustain human existence as we steadily deplete the earth’s resources. 

For the most part, my interest is in process and creating forms from reinventing very basic craft and art techniques using materials derived from the excess of our culture.

 

Pattern Plan

Opening reception Friday, September 30, 7-9pm

grayDuck gallery

608 W. Monroe Street, Suite C,
Austin, TX 78704 (S.1st St. & Monroe)
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