If one assumes basic markmaking is as unique to the human being as a heartbeat, running gait or sleep pattern, can it be similarly quantified, recorded and studied? Would it enable one to establish any sort of deeper, metaphysical “meaning” behind one’s art, and if so, what would it be? Through drawing, painting and printmaking, Campagna investigates methods in which the most elemental human markmaking information, lines and loops, could be cataloged and recorded in an existential attempt to define “self." As the artwork is intimately linked to the process of its documentation, he also comments on the consequences of both obsessively producing and collecting in a pursuit of the potentially unknowable.
Damon Campagna is a second-year MFA 2D candidate at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He received his BFA in painting with departmental honors from Rhode Island College in 2016 and was awarded Antonio Cirino Memorial Fellowships and Patricia Doran Scholarships in 2017 and 2018. Damon held exhibition at AS220 in March, 2017, in the 2018 MassArt All School Show, MassArt Art Auction and Year Two Graduate Exhibition and will be presenting his thesis work at MassMOCA, Providence's Chazen Gallery and the Boston Sculpture Gallery in the spring and summer of 2019.