Frank Damiano’s work has always had an emblematic side. In his early collages and paintings, objects were presented rather as one finds them displayed in traditional heraldry. They are symbolic, rather than actual. As his work has developed, he has shown a greater interest in, and a closer contact with, observed reality, but the objects included in his still lifes continue to function, not only as things in themselves, but as archetypes. This remains true even when they are drawn from a range of domestic items familiar to any American household. Damiano deliberately subverts established ideas about realism in order to engage the spectator in a dialogue not about how things look, but about the different ways in which they can be depicted.
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