Damon Ginandes creates an ethereal world that transcends traditional spatial and contextual confines. His art fuses drawing, painting, and sculpture to blur the boundaries of the two and three dimensional. Organic, figurative, and architectural elements are combined through a mixture of materials including acrylics, wire, archival board, plastic, wood, and concrete. Stripped of external reference, his work explores a sense of primal being and an unfamiliar emotional terrain.
Inspired by urban and industrial structures, as well as biological formations, Ginandes' recent body of work incorporates his vernacular of bold angular lines, overlapping planes, and subtle color palette. These sculptural tableaux appear at once natural and man-made, merging organic forms with cityscape, the archaic with the futuristic. As protruding mosaics of interconnected parts and orifices, the pieces extend from the surfaces they inhabit and suggest seductive organisms in dynamic states of perpetual growth.
Much of Ginandes' earlier work is populated by faces and figures that are ageless and anonymous. Though otherworldly in appearance, their longing stares convey a distinct self-awareness and humanity, expressing a drive to reach out beyond the isolated self. In large-scale public murals and installations, his beings peer out into the city's environment as Ginandes transforms the existing architecture into a threshold between the realm of his figures and that of the urban landscape.
Ginandes currently lives and works in New York City.