Many of my pieces start with a simple concept such as ‘unwinding’ a rectangle, amplifying the imperfections in a hand-drawn line, visualizing a sound. My recent work in monochromatic metals attempts to create textures, light, and a sense of motion by only manipulating the shape and form.
Damon Hamm is a sculptor and designer living and working in New York, NY. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Damon completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oberlin College in 1995 and a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon in 2002.
Damon has worked in mediums as varied as drawing, printmaking, ceramics, wood, video, photography, electronics, and in recent years; metal.
In the 1990s, Damon Hamm studied architecture and sculpture under luminary Athena Tacha, installation artist Johnny Coleman, printmaker John Pearson, and found a particular passion for architectural design with Stan Mathews. From 1995-2001, Damon produced documentaries and motion graphics and pursued a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon in human factors, exploring how people sense and interpret visual, aural, and tactile information. There he began making kinetic art that incorporated robotic elements to create ‘living’ art that would playfully interact with each viewer.
In 2011, Damon began exploring metals as an avenue of expression and has been working in the medium since. His recent work uses the interplay of light, shadow, and reflection to evoke themes of physical transformation and temporal progression.