Thanks to Victoria Gannon for her excellent posts and interviews chronicling California culture. Up next is Damien James. Damien is a self-taught artist and writer based in Chicago. His art is in collections in New York, London, Berlin, and Mumbai, and has been seen at Around the Coyote Gallery, Aldo Castillo, Schaller + Jaquish Projects, and the River East Art Center, among others. In 2011, he will complete illustrations for a short story by Jonathan Lethem.
As a writer, James has contributed to The Chicago Reader, New City, and badatsports.com, served as correspondent for Saatchi Gallery, guest editor for the New Orleans-based magazine Art Voices, and has had 22 words published on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He and his paramour run an arts and culture weblog called grippinglyauthentic.com.