Artist StatementWhose perspective defines reality? And, if I stand in contrast, then am I an outsider? Misled? Wrong? Or, are answers more ambiguous? Are there only differing points of view, all fighting for success? Our environments cast a torrent of influence against us, making exactitude elusive. As such, my art practice seeks to expose the destructive nature of prejudice and bias. As an interdisciplinary artist, I create two- and three-dimensional artworks using a range of media. I often incorporate individuals or objects that have a distinct connection to my past, yet intentionally present conflicting narratives of accomplishment and defeat. These subject matters tap cultural phenomena that speak to many and aim to yield connections among shared life experiences. Ultimately, my work demonstrates the contradictory circumstances that I often experience, and in doing so, manifests the precarious relationship between ostracism and acceptance. Via style, scale, and content, it asks viewers to examine their convictions – to see how their thoughts and actions affect others.
Damon Arhos (American, b. 1967) is an artist, educator, curator, and social activist whose work explores and unfolds queer culture. Using his identity as a gay American as his frame, Arhos seeks to promote love and acceptance while investigating gender roles, sexual orientation, and human relationships.
An interdisciplinary artist, Arhos has exhibited work with Connersmith, DC Arts Center, and IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, DC; E.A.S.T and the People’s Gallery in Austin, Texas; and Ortega y Gasset Projects in New York City, among others. He has served as an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson and is a former semi-finalist for The Trawick Prize.
Arhos teaches art history and studio art courses as a university professor. He also has worked with many arts organizations, such as Washington Printmakers Gallery and DC Arts Studios in Washington, DC; as well as with Art Alliance Austin, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, and the Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, Texas
Arhos graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with an MFA in studio art, as well as from The University of Texas at Austin with master’s degrees in Business Administration and Journalism. He lives and works in the Washington, DC metro area.