Artist: Damien Hirst
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery
About the Artist
Damien is an undergraduate student here at CSULB. He is a Studio Art Major, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. After he gets his BA, he intends to continue pursuing Graphic Design. While his focus is on graphic design, he has several other talents, including photography, and playing bass guitar. He is very interested in math, problem solving, and craftsmanship.
Damien cut geometric shapes out of white paper, and turned those shapes into three-dimensional forms. He then mounted these forms (and the white papers they were cut from) to black papers for contrast. The lighting all comes from directly overhead, and creates interesting shadows on the walls. There are no organic forms. With the exception of one, each piece contains only one complete form.
Damien’s show consists of his experimentation with geometric shapes transcending realms. Every piece shows the journey from two-dimensional to three-dimensional space. He worked very meticulously with geometry to achieve the correct angles to make his shapes. He chose to work with only black and white paper because he did not want color to play a role in the perception of the forms. His method of working seemed to me that his process is very complex, while his results are simplistic. That, in addition to fascination of transferring something to another dimensional realm, seems to interest him.
Synthesis / My Experience
As someone who enjoys math, especially geometry, I was fascinated with his production process. The end result, without knowledge of the making process, would not have been as interesting. I disagreed that the addition of color would have disrupted the experience of the pieces. I would be interested in seeing him explore more in future pieces, perhaps using a different media, or different arrangement. Most importantly, his exhibition made me think, and want to create myself.