ARTIST: Damon Heybrock

ARTIST STATEMENT:  PURPOSE AND PRESENCE


“Triangles are my favorite shape
Three points where two lines meet.
Toe to toe, back to back, let’s go
My love its very late,
’Til morning comes, let’s tessellate”

- alt-J  “Tessallate”
The origins of this show are relational numerology: 3/4/7/12

Exploring this relational interaction geometrically, a Triangle and a Square, are the foundation of this show — particularly their interaction in the shape of a CROWN.  

By Definition:
    
    Purpose: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists

    Presence: the state of existing, occurring, or being present in a place or thing

There is a balance to our lives, a proper tension to live into.  As a physician, as a father, as an artist, I hope to cultivate that tension daily in the balance of body, mind and soul . . . the balance of purpose — doing the work, cultivating and creating, the pleasure of living into that which you were made to do; and, presence — being fully present to the people and place of the moment, attune to your vibration within the space your are vibrating.  We are made for both and each can magnify the other.  That said, too much or too little of either can be destructive, both require effort and intention to achieve and maintain and they never exist in a mythical 50/50 balance, but rather as a fluid tension.  That effort may be to do, or may be to simply be in the moment.  

This work is about working out that balance — the necessary tension.  A personal meditation of sorts — some ideas and sketches here began 2yrs ago, but they all were born in a mad dash of weeks of nightly 9P-12A studio hours that were life giving and exhausting at the same time.  Both a culmination and a beginning, these works stand as the result of those efforts and also as an invitation to more creation and exploration.  I (we) make because I (we) are made in the image of a creator. 

Hours spent working alone balance days spent in conversation.  My left and right brain firing fully.  The energy of this work speaks to both a frantic pace and to quiet moments of reflection.  Within each abstract piece my favorite parts can be the small moments, but my hope is that the sum is greater than the parts.  For the more minimal pieces space, lines and color create the interaction.  You are invited into a conversation within the emotions, the colors, the movement, the layers, the shapes and brush strokes — a unique or shared experience — all that is required is your presence.

“You paint the way you have to in order to give.  That’s life itself, and someone will look and say it is the product of knowing, but it has nothing to do with knowing, it has to do with giving.” 
— Franz Kline  

Freely given -- Damon Heybrock