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Damon Soule Interview
Written by Manuel Bello   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 08:16
We've known this Portland based artist for years, back when he lived in SF. Well, he's got a show at the NYC based Joshua Liner opening Oct 11th. Manuel Bello interviews.

When writing about Damon Soule, where does a guy begin? The best way I can describe Damon Soule is he is that kid on the playground who gets you to do all kinds of crazy shit, that you later regret. But somehow the moment he is not around you wish he was so you could do it all again. Cut to the adult version, of coarse. Damon is never one to take himself too seriously. Oh, did I forget to mention he can paint your brain into a complete stupor. It is not everyday I rave about an artist like Damon Soule, actually that's a lie, but I will say Damon's art is from another World, one I obsess over and wish I could go to. Seriously, all slap-shtick aside we could not be happier about showing you his work, while providing a glimpse into the mind of the illusive, Damon Soule. Prepare yourself!

Damon Soule acting out some of his narcissistic. 1980

Damon and Dad one year earlier. 1979

Burning Jet Fool

Who is Damon Soule (and what is your problem)?

I'm not really sure but a therapist once told me I had a borderline personality, with narcissistic tendencies. Not to mention the OCD… I don't have a problem though.

What was your upbringing like?

It was like a Budweiser tall boy, a bag of Cracklins with the little hot sauce packet and a pickled pigs foot from the huge pink jar on the corner store counter. It also involved a lot of fishing, cut-offs jeans, and the sweet sounds of The Allman Brothers, wafting through the mosquito filled afternoon.

Are you some kind of hippy?

Some kind I'm sure, but I couldn't tell you which. What I can tell you is I don't care about Biodiversity, melting Polar Icecaps, or raising any kind awareness.

Eyes Aw Late

Where are you currently living?

Stump town, rose city, and birthplace of 'The Shanghai', Portland Oregon.

I know you were San Francisco based for many years then you were, here in New York for a few, now Portland, why all the moving and what are you running from?

Um... Ex-girlfriends mostly.

Oh, I thought it might be the East Village drinking cops. I did see you run first hand from them as they wrote me a ticket... But somehow, you predicted it.

Yes, I have a sixth sense for the police and because of that I haven't been arrested since I was 17. However, that hasn't stopped me from doing plenty of alcohol fueled dumb shit.

Eyes Aw Late Detail

How many outstanding drinking tickets do you have in New York?

Two for drinking, and one for public urination.

How are you spending your time in Portland?

Potato farming, competitive darts, pitchers of PBR, gaining weight, and college girls.

Cavernous Candy Factory

Cavernous Candy Factory Detail

What is it with you and the number 23?

Ha, I just really like that movie... Oh and Michael Jordan. I'm thinking about switching it up to number 301 though.

Top 5 all-time favorite artists?

Sarah Mclachlan, Gordon Matta, Clark, Nietczche, Yoko Ono, and myself. Wouldn't that be an awesome Dinner Party?

Damon, do you believe in aliens?

Yes and I've been in close contact with one for quite a few years now. He is difficult to communicate with due to the differences in our home worlds. Although, I cannot tell if it is his cultural, or his speech patterns. He goes by the name of Mario Martinez.

Artificial Fire

Are you an alien?

If I was, I would be busy working on a device to call home and get a lift back. But no, as far as I can tell I am stuck here.

What would you describe as the primary theme in your work?

Armageddon and the end of life on this planet as we know it.

Molecular Tree

Any new products coming down the pipe?

I'm working on another new book with the Convergence guys and there will be a couple more people involved with this one. All the other stuff I'm working I can't really talk about because of nondisclosure agreements. I guess people think their ideas are so groundbreaking they don't want anyone else to scoop in on them. But I can tell you with confidence, that although the projects are interesting they aren't that special.

How do you feel about declining population of Honey Bees?

Well if they hadn't put so much energy into trying to sting people they might not have had such a public relations problem. However, I will for sure miss fruits and vegetables when I am forced to eat mud for dinner, every single night.

Gravitronic Birth

If you were not doing art what would you be doing?

Great question! Most likely heroine, or crack or maybe I'd buy one and ones.

How is the love life Damon?

If I knew how to love it would probably be great but because I seem to have an inactive frontal lobe I tend to not empathize well enough to feel that emotion.

Yeah, I turn mine off, but hey have you missed me?

With every fiber of my being.

Any famous last words?

Sucka free!

Be sure to see Damon's show in New York that opens Saturday, Oct 11th @Joshua Liner.

Damon Soule
Amused Loon
October 11 - November 15, 2008
@Joshua Liner (NYC)
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