Damn Your Eyes is an exhibition constructed from a set of isolated concerns the artist has developed in his own painting practice. The show chronicles the idiosyncrasies of a personal visual vocabulary broken down, then remodeled in response to specific architectural circumstances to create a single painting. The extended boundaries of a 3D environment become one surface through the function of the solo show. This painting is a shell; it relies on external factors to provide real-time narrative.
Joel Dean was born in Atlanta, GA. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago of 2009. In the summer of 2008 he was a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship and a student at the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, CT. During the summer of 2009 he was a Fellow at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI. He is currently based in Oakland, CA, where he helps to operate an experimental project space called Important Projects.