Artist Statement: Sunlight was our constant; the same cycling quality of light since the dawn of our existence. We call the light day, and it is one of our basic units for understanding time. For light's absence we harnessed fire to fill the void - huddled around the dancing flames our enchantment with the flicker began. Now the flicker is blue, not orange, and we are the ashes of the monitor's burning image.
The mental trick of persistence of vision is now more valuable than seeing with one's own eyes. More and more images are our validation. Stoic screens leave us more connected to unnatural, flat celebrity faces than to our next-door-neighbors.
The constant non-pattern of sunlight is replaced by the flickering ghost simulacra of the screen. We close our window blinds to block the glare of sunlight from our screens for sixty half-images per second to bombard the retina. Copies of copies of photons are transferred from wave to particle to wave to particle and bring blue ocean waves to suburban living rooms at 2 AM. From communal campfires to quiet streets of strangers watching strangers.
Flickering ghost simulacra is our new longing, the flicker is where comfort lies.
Biography: Bryant Dameron was born in White Stone, Virginia, USA in 1983. He has exhibited work internationally and across the USA in film festivals, gallery exhibtions, and television. Recent exhibitions include Videoholica 08 in Bulgaria, and 809 International New Image Art Festival in China. He graduated Virginia Tech in 2005 with a degree in Mass Media Communications, and in 2007 received a MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He currently lives and works in Richmond Virginia. In addition to film and video Bryant enjoys teaching, web-design, and turtle keeping.
Exhibitions: · "Blink," "Eye." Square Eyes Festival. Arnhem, HOLLAND. September, 2009. · "Blink," "Digital Shores," "Eye," "Ghost of April," "Longing and Legacy," "Looking Past One's Own Reflection." ZeroFilme DVD Compilation. Barreiro, PORTUGAL. July 2009. · "Follow," Videoart Festival Miden. Kalamata, GREECE. July 2009. · "Eye," "Evidence," "Disconnect," "Ghost of April," Performance Intermedia Festival. Szczecin, POLAND. June 2009. · "Tide," Rosebud Film and Video Festival. Arlington, VA. June 2009. · "Tide," I've Seen Films International Short Film Festival, (internet competition). Milan ITALY. 2009 · "Tide," 15th Twin Rivers Media Festival. Asheville, NC. May 2009. · "Tide," 2nd Virginia Independent Film Festival. Richmond, VA. April 2009. · "Longing and Legacy," The Pixel Project, (internet exhibition) Unknown Artist Virtual Museum. April 2009. · "Tide," 16th James River Film Festival. Richmond, VA. April 2009. · "Digital Shores" & "Eye," Off the Strip. Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, NV. April 2009. · "Evidence," Reality Gallery American Slide-All. New York Studio Gallery, New York, NY. January 2009. · "Evidence," Pixxelpoint 2008. City Gallery, Nova Gorica, SLOVENIA. December 2008. · "Plaza" & "Blink," Pixel Pops! 2008. Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. November 2008. · "Disconnect," 2nd ACE Film Festival. New York, NY. September 2008. · "Evidence," Videoholica 08. Varna, BULGARIA, August 2008 · "Evidence," The 809 International New Image Art Festival. Three Gorges, CHINA, July 2008 · "Reconnect," 4th Oxford Film Festival. Oxford, MS. February 2007 · "Undefined," Premiere, Byrd Theatre. Richmond, VA. October 2006 · "Street: Long I Stood," America's Best Student Shorts (TV Program). March 2006 · "Disconnect," L3FTB3H1ND (Group show & internet exhibition). Gallery 5, Richmond, VA. November 2005