Wednesday, February 17, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 53 - Seth Damm

Seth Damm
Seth Damm's website
Artist Biography

Seth Damm is a fourth generation Seattleite. After years spent living in London, New Orleans, Oaxaca, Mexico, and San Francisco he found himself back in West Seattle where he now lives and works in the historic Cooper Artist Housing. He received a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in 1994 with an emphasis on printmaking and has since taken his work in directions he never anticipated, including painting, installation, video, and performance, at times all of them at once. All of his current work --of any media-- invites direct community interaction including his work as founding librarian of the Art Lending Library.

Artist Statement
Within each wood and plexiglass Enclosure lives a painting (Rupture #2 is an example of a painting contained in an Enclosure). I invite the viewer to interact physically with the painting by pulling it out while watching as it moves in the lit window. The tactile engagement is set in contrast to the restrained presentation of each Enclosure; the exposed painting’s back is turned to the viewer and details are reduced to blurred colors in the lit window. By provoking a little frustration and a sense of mystery I intend to draw the viewer past their normal expectations of a painting to a place where their own perception, engagement, and curiosity are the end result.

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