Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
About Damion Hampton
Damion has exhibited paintings at the Annual National Students' Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in conjunction with the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA.) Damion has had a painting exhibited at the Christies Student exhibition, London and recently been involved in assisting performance artists. He has also been involved in public art at the Folkestone Triennial in Kent (2011). He recently graduated from the University for the Creative Arts, and plans to continue through to PhD level.
In a Nutshell
My proposed project is a series of paintings that deal with idealism and the theorisation of ideas from data. Using information derived from my personal life I am interested in composing forms of shorthand on canvas, in the form of text and diagrams, exploring issues around the abstraction of data and the visual affects of such coding through the act of painting.
Introduction into Practice
Elements of the work could be considered a kind of pseudoscience, the theorisation of unanswerable questions in science. In the context of painting I am interested in two key elements: The composition of materials and the textual discursive affects in terms of diagrams, text and organising text. Together these form the semiotics of my work and have an affect on the viewer. The work can be decoded in different ways, which is unique to each viewer. The information is shorthanded but not all of it is important. Work being reproduced in this manner tricks the viewer into thinking the work is meaningful
The shorthanded information is gathered up from my own personal experiences with the world, daily interactions and general interests of mine. I record experiences in the form of note taking and voice notes.
The nature of the work is forms of consolidating information. This method of making work makes information more efficient by creating a shorthand version. I use gathered information like found objects, recomposing them onto canvas in a shorthanded version until the visual qualities are realised. I continue to paint until the act of painting takes over at which point I become much more interested in the form of the written language.
I have started to explore the theme of the practice by constructing information into the painted surface. I am also interested in the relationship between text and materials. I start the paintings with different types of information in the form of diagrams, words and statement's. I then compose them onto the painted surface until the act of painting takes over. I am very interested that the text is replaced by a drip of paint. As a result of recomposing short hand information and the process of reworking the painted surface the painting collapses "in metaphorical terms" to reveal new forms of information. This is a process of shifting, changing, covering up, layering and removing information gathered from my personal life until the final image is revealed. This process is my methodology in terms of construction.
As a result of this process the work produced looks like a whole load of information which can be decoded and understood, but that's not the case.
ï»¿This is a question of how semiotics operates within the painted surface.
Semiotics, in general is a term used for the study of signs and how they become meaningful. In terms of the art object and Jean Francois Leotard's explains, these are signs/objects that exist outside of communicative language and are different from cultural objects. In contrast, Meaghan Morris argues that the art object exists on the periphery of communicative language and underpins the way we experience everyday cultural objects. I would argue that the art object has a place in both sides of the argument. My own practice exists on Morris's periphery, still inside the communicative realm of language. My work can still be understood in terms of codification. In contrast, Keith Tyson could be considered a good example of an art object moving between the periphery of language into Leotard's sublime and back again through Morris's language barrier. Tyson's work cannot always be directly read in terms of semiotics and sometimes appears abstract. Sean Scully's work however is abstract and belongs in the sublime. Because of this abstract nature, communicative language cannot be used to explain Scully's work, it therefore, belongs in Leotard's sublime.
How semiotics operate within the painted surface is important to understand within my own practice and how the relationship between the signifier and the signified can be understood in terms of Leotard's explanation of
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FUTURE EDUCATIONAL PLANS MA., (Hons) Graphic Design PhD Cosmology and Planetary Sciences (2015-2019) Open University MSc., 9Hons) Cosmology and Planetary Sciences (2014 Open University Award in Cosmology and Planetary Sciences (2013) Open University EDUCATION Postgraduate Award in MA Fine Art 2012 University for the Creative Arts, UK BA., (Hons) Fine Art 2008-2011 University for the Creative Arts, UK NCFE Level 3 in Graphic Crafts 2006-2007 BTEC Diploma in Fine Art 2006-2007 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS 2004-2006 Graphic Design 3D Design Fine Art Stone Carving
"What if Gallery" exhibition 'What's Next," group show
2012 Dartford, UK
Art of the Day (AOD) Saatchi Gallery
2011, Los Angeles, US
Green Chair Gallery, virtual exhibition
UCA Pop Up Gallery, group show
UCA Pop Up Gallery, group show
UCA Canterbury, group show
Christies Gallery student exhibitions
2007, London, UK
Mall Gallery, group show
2007, London, UK
Creatabot (ART MAG)
Royal Society of British Artists award
Award given by Dover Town Mayor for excellence in Fine Art