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Ready For Flight

 Damon Schindler raised in Los Angeles was born on December 27th, 1972 on an Air Force base in Sacramento, California. His great grand parents built a modest home in Alhambra, Located in East Los Angeles while his other great grandparents resided in Pasadena .Living near the Huntington Library and Gardens His Great grandfather  Emil Luks worked as a commercial photographer and at  times painting with his brother George Luks of  "The Ash Can School" in New York during the early part of the 20th century.  The generations to follow would remain just  east of the Los Angeles River. In 1994 Damon pursued his love of art by studying at the renowned California Institute of The Arts (Cal Arts). After obtaining his bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1997 he went on to share his knowledge by teaching art at an alternative high school in Los Angeles. He has spent  10 summers working with students selected for the California State Summer School for the Arts, producing individual film and video projects. Damon, who now works as a scenic artist on various projects mainly for the Los Angeles Opera, Is constantly expanding the scope of his art and working to present his work in the public sphere with the help of his father whom builds and makes this website possible with true inspiration and support.

 

The Paintings:

 Since 1991 I have been constantly making paintings that stem from the Surrealist and Expressionist traditions. In these canvases a world of lush electric landscapes is revealed while enchanting characters participate in the ever enduring story of life. The scenes are vibrant, radiating with color as the physical world bends and twists breathing life into a host of characters. The imagery is laid down optimistically or romantically in allegorical terms while not losing sight of the fractured structures or jagged edges that lay just beneath the candy coated surface of modern terrestrial life. The landscapes take on human and animal traits exposing a relationship between beings and their environment. In this a glance is shown of the psychic reality projected on the physical plane of our travelers. By using lyrical imagery compositions are offered that broaden and fulfill what we already or possibly have an inkling or understanding of. Similar to the constellation of stars that are already there shining for us the paintings simply provide a loosely scripted map where we are allowed to connect the dots leading us to the hidden treasure of the imagination.

 Wire Sculpture/Assemblage

 While walking along our city streets or country roads I collect certain discarded objects that I encounter, usually of an intimate or small nature. These selected pieces are then put together to construct a semi figurative composition. The main aim is to allow the viewer a point of entry that can extend the possibility of the imagination while referencing the natural world. The works attempt to transform the mundane into the magical using previously unwanted materials. A 16mm film "Ground Fly" is an animation composed of found objects. It is a brief journey where we accompany our guide through his neighborhood and its activities. I have been working with found objects since 1994 and have been pleased with the results of making art in a frugal manner out of what is around me.

 

 
 

 

 
 
Exhibitions
 
2016
5 Months Gallery
Group Show
San Francisco
 
2016
Gallery 800
Group Show
NoHo District
       
2008      
Ghetto Gloss Gallery   
Paintings      
Silver Lake ,CA    
       
2005      
Carthay Gallery    
Paintings      
Los Angeles,CA    
       
2002      
Gallery Figueroa                                                                   
Paintings                                                                                
Highland Park, CA                                                                 
       
2002      
Controlled Experiment                                                          
Visual ,audio and performance                                           
SCA Gallery                                                                        
Pomona, CA    
       
2001      
Bella Arts Festival                                                                 
Paintings                                                                                 
Valencia, Ca                                                                           
       
2001      
Mental vs. Vegetable                                                             
Painting, sculpture, performance                                             
Downtown Los Angeles, CA  
       
2001      
Time and Place                                                                        
Painting, sculpture                                                                  
Lebec, Ca                                                                                    
                         
2000      
Blue Bird Gallery                                                                    
Painting                                                                                    
Santa Cruz, Ca    
       
2000    
Holly Matter Modern Art
Paintings    
Los Angeles, Ca  
     
2000    
Museum Jose Luis Cueva
Found object/sculpture
Mexico City, Mexico
     
2000    
Stevenson Blanch Devearux Gallery
Cal Arts    
Valencia, CA  
     
1997    
 L- Shaped gallery  
Cal Arts    
Valencia, CA  
     
1996    
Main Gallery  
Painting Cal Arts  
Valencia, CA  
     
1995    
A.M.O Gallery  
Silver Lake, CA  
     
1994    
Mt. San Antonio C.C.
Painting    
     
1993    
La Taza Café  
Covina, CA