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exhibition/performance, conceptual, gallery, graffiti/street-art, abstract, modern, publication, surrealism, collective, installation, mixed-media, pop


I am a self-taught artist and writer working in Chicago and various points in cyberspace. (Does anyone say "cyberspace" anymore, or has it been replaced by "blogosphere?") My art is in private collections in London, Berlin, Mumbai, a small town in Romania, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and various other cities, villages, and townships throughout the U.S., so I'm pretty special, which is not to be read as anything other than sarcasm. I wrote monthly features (and did some editing) for the New Orleans-based national art magazine Art Voices before they folded (which had nothing to do with me, of course), and contribute regularly (and sometimes less than regularly) to the publications listed below, newest among them:, for which there are links in the event that you have any interest in reading further. I will not, however, assume that you do.   

Some selected pieces from various places I've been published: :

Connecting, Part 1 - Art as transportation

Connecting, Part 2 - Useful junk

Connecting, Part 3 - Ceci n’est pas une Twinkie

Connecting, Part 4 - All spin of one kind or another

Connecting, Part 5 - Effortless

Connecting, Part 6 - Postscript and postmortem

The Chicago Reader :

Cover story on Ryan and Trevor Oakes

Bad At Sports :

Lora Fosberg

Matt Woodward

Beatrice Fisher

Half the sky, part 1

Half the sky, part 2

Chicago Humanities Festival

The Yes Men in Chicago

Had some swell things to say about my open letter

New City :

The Art of Democracy at Loyola University Museum of Art

Open letter to the art thief

Riva Lehrer at Printworks

The Tract House at Three Walls

Liza Berkoff and Liliana Porter at Carrie Secrist

Saatchi Gallery Online :

On Around the Coyote's Spring Festival, 2008

McSweeney's Internet Tendency :

Just a little list

Recent Exhibits

damien james participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 New drawings by Damien James and Russ White
Brainforest Gallery
Oct, 2010 Anamnesis - Group Show
Morning Glory Studios
Oct, 2009 Fall Art Festival
Fall Festival Venues
Jul, 2009 2nd Annual Joseph Frasca Memorial Works on Paper Juried Exhibition
Around the Coyote
Jul, 2009 The American Dream - Revolution and Renaissance - part 1
Schaller + Jaquish Art Projects
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