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Dameon Lester received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, in sculpture, where he studied abroad at Loughborough College of Art and Design in the UK and Technikon Natal in South Africa. He later received his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, engaging with many internationally recognized artists and critics as visiting faculty. He attended California State University, Los Angeles, in 2003 for his teaching credential and to pursue his MA in Special Education.

Dameon continues an active art practice, having received numerous grants, recognitions, and opportunities for more than a decade. He draws insight and perspective by working with special-needs children and adults, as well as working with highly gifted art students at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

With his recent move to Austin, Texas, Dameon has been developing new work and establishing himself locally with a number of show appearances. He continues to exhibit in Los Angeles and Southern California, creating connections between the two cities.

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©1993–2014 Dameon Lester



West Austin Studio Tour
May 10–11 & 17–18, 2014
11am–6pm
west.bigmedium.org

Studio Tour, Participating Artist
Guest artist, Shannon Faseler
Studio Location & Map
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DUE WEST!
Group Exhibition & Catalogue Premiere
Big Medium Spring Fundraising Event
Apr 12, 2014, 6–10pm
west.bigmedium.org

Lincoln Village
6406 North IH-35
Suite 2850A (next to Chase Bank)
Location & Map
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100-4-100
Silent & Live Auction Scholarship Fundraiser
Feb 28, 2014
Silent Auction, 7–10pm
Live Auction, 9pm

University Galleries I + II
School of Art & Design
Texas State University
749 N Comanche Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
txstgalleries.org


ART for CLARE
CLARE Foundation’s 7th Annual Silent Auction
Jun 2, 2013, 1–4pm

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
bergamotstation.com
clarefoundation.org

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REDUX
Group Exhibition
April 22–28, 2013
Reception Apr 26

Desotorow Gallery
2427 De Soto Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401
desotorow.org

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Group Hug!!!
Group Exhibition
Mar 8–23, 2013
Opening Reception Mar 8, 7–10pm

The Flex Space @ Pump Project Satellite
1109 Shady Lane
Austin, TX 78721
pumpproject.org

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The People's Gallery
Group Exhibition
Feb 2013–Jan 2014
Opening Reception Feb 22, 6 – 9pm

Austin City Hall
301 W. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78701
austintexas.gov

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Shortlisted...
Dameon's work will be considered for a possible residency, to be awarded for the 2014 program year. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

Artpace
International Artist-in-Residency Program
San Antonio, TX
artpace.org

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My latest forms make use of elemental materials and shapes in which we all have associations stemming from our earliest memories. For many, the familiarity of these materials and shapes become an accessible point for the artwork.

These particular works are derived from the circle, a fundamental shape found in fine art, design and nature. The art develops from the repetitive manipulation of the circle loosely resembling growth patterns of the most basic structures and microscopic forms.

Simple shapes and use of material expands on our own childhood references, giving way to the associations and narratives of our adult consciousness, and as a result, our beliefs.


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West Austin Studio Tour
May 19 – 20, 2012
grayDUCK Gallery
Austin, TX


Austin HOME
Winter 2012
State of the Arts, p75
austinhome.com

... often makes his own natural materials in a form that is reminiscent of the natural world. He has an astounding range of detailed work, from works on canvas to sculpture. Expect to see bright colors and lots of geometric patterns and shapes with soft, sometimes fuzzy forms.

— Kate Harrington, Austin HOME


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ART for CLARE
CLARE Foundation’s 6th Annual Silent Auction
Jun 10, 2012, 1–4pm

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
bergamotstation.com
clarefoundation.org

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West Austin Studio Tour
Presented by Big Medium at grayDUCK Gallery
May 19–20, 2012

grayDUCK Gallery
608 W Monroe Street, Suite C
Austin, TX 78704
512.826.5334
facebook.com/westaustinstudiotour
grayduckgallery.com

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I’m A Frayed Knot
Group Exhibition
Feb 11–Mar 17, 2012
Opening Reception Feb 11, 6–10pm

Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.432.5102
occartspavilion.com

A major thread that ties this entire exhibition together is the fact that all of these artworks take an immense amount of time and energy to create. All of these artists are pushing the intended or physical limits of their chosen materials, and they are using these materials to communicate compelling, often personal, narratives.

— Andrea Harris, Co-Curator and Pavilion Director


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BIG and BRIGHT: New Work from Texas
Group Exhibition
Jan 26–Feb 21, 2012
Opening Reception Jan 26, 11am–1pm + 6–8pm

Southwestern College Art Gallery
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619.216.6605
Southwestern College Art Gallery

Press
Read: Agitprop
San Diego, CA

The Southwestern College Art Gallery presents “Big and Bright: New Work from Texas”, curated by Jessica McCambly. With the title taken from the song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, this exhibition is a regional survey that highlights the diverse range of work being created in Texas today.

— David White, Agitprop
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Pattern Plan
Sept 30 – Oct 30, 2011
grayDUCK Gallery
Austin, TX

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installation images: Brian Birzer

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Unnatural Process presents some of Lester’s newest sculptural work in conjunction with the most recent evolution of his sculptural drawings. Using long strands of metal and felt, Lester meticulously knits biomorphic forms that evoke images of nature with a sometimes endearing and sometimes uneasy twist. The accompanying drawings are translations of these forms laser etched into felt mounted on panels.

Many processes come together in the creation of these pieces including the manufacturing of natural materials which culminates in the various processes the artist uses to finalize the form. Felt and metal were some of the first and most important materials to be manipulated by man and Lester takes an unusual approach to them by using various methods which are at opposite ends of the technological spectrum. These vary from labor intensive hand knitting to the machine generated, thereby accentuating this relationship between the natural and man-made. This contrast of the laboring of the hand and the use of mechanized methods of production scratches at a theme that underlies all of Lester’s work: the human disconnect with nature and thereby ourselves.


Robert Apodaca
Curator & Gallery Owner

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Unnatural Process
Jan 8 – Feb 27, 2011
Fifth Floor Gallery
Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

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Watch: The Process of Unnatural Process



installation images and video: Robert Apodaca / Fifth Floor Gallery



Pattern Plan
Group Exhibition
Sept 30–Oct 30, 2011
Opening Reception Sept 30, 7–9pm

grayDUCK Gallery
608 W Monroe Street, Suite C
Austin, TX 78704
512.826.5334
grayduckgallery.com

Press
Read: Mod Austin
Event Mention: Austin Art Blogs
Austin, TX

Dameon Lester’s fuzzy creations are seemingly contradicting the normal hard edge approach to geometric shapes. Each object has a life of its own and I love how some of the objects cast shadows that play along the wall.

— Todd Camplin, Mod Austin


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Interview with Dameon Lester
Read: Art Czar
Austin, TX

“Ethnocentric” refers to the belief that one’s cultural group is centrally important, and that all other groups are measured in relation to one’s own. The title loosely references the human race as a singular culture and it is with this mentality that we have separated ourselves from the natural environment.

— Dameon Lester


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ART for CLARE
CLARE Foundation’s 5th Annual Silent Auction
Jun 12, 2011, 1–4pm

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
bergamotstation.com
clarefoundation.org

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Unnatural Process
Solo Exhibition
Jan 8–Feb 6, 2011 [Extended through Feb 27]
Opening Reception Jan 8, 6–9pm

Fifth Floor Gallery
502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213.687.8443
fifthfloorgallery.com


ART for CLARE
CLARE Foundation’s 4th Annual Silent Auction
Jun 13, 2010, 1–4pm

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
bergamotstation.com
clarefoundation.org

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Vermont Studio Center
Artist Residency
May–June 2010
Johnson, VT
vermontstudiocenter.org

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the OsCene
Juried Show, Group Exhibition
Feb 21–May 16, 2010
Opening Reception Feb 20, 7–10pm

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.8971
lagunaartmuseum.org

Press
Read: OC Art Blog
Orange County, CA

“Despite the geographical framework that OsCene 2010 takes on, it’s exciting to see the range of artists in this exhibition with diverse backgrounds and practices. There will definitely be some threads of dialogue between these different artists and their works,” said curator Grace Kook-Anderson.

— OC Art Blog


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Kunstmilch Presents: Dameon Lester
Solo Exhibition
Display Case Reutilization Project
Feb 22–28, 2010
Closing Reception Feb 28, 5–9pm

California State University
Long Beach, CA 90815
Fine Arts, Building 3
art.csulb.edu

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CURATE THIS!
Participating Artist
BECA: Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art
Online Exhibition
artwork at 0:52 of video


Artwork selected to appear in "CURATE THIS! 2010 — New Art" publication by Helen Pheby, PhD, Curator of Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
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The Ethnocentric Nature of Line questions our cultural insistence over nature. By simulating natural forms with line through a repetitive method of production, I focus my contemplation, in an attempt to discern the imbalance within ourselves and with nature.


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The Ethnocentric Nature of Line
Sept 17 – Oct 30, 2009
Irvine Valley College Art Gallery
Irvine, CA

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All metal wire pieces are hand-woven


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installation images: Kaipo Newhouse