Damian used to hang out at Biblio's when I was slinging coffee back in 1997. He would sit in a corner with his boombox and play these Seventie's mixes. We started chatting and he eventually invited me and my then girlfriend, Skowmon Hastanan, to his illegal studio on Bway near the Clocktower. I had no idea who he "really" was or would be. He worked as a studio asst to Alexis Rockman, and I kinda held myself above him because I "knew" Alexis, as a RISD alum.
Damian's studio and his approach to painting was deliberate, disciplined and meticulous. All qualities I lacked and still lack. He was into this relatively new show called the Simpson's and we all watched an episode.
I remember Damian saying "One day I will show with Mary Boone Gallery"..I chuckled to myself a little..you know.."You go boy."
Long story short, while I was deludeing myself on Landmark opiates, Damian was rigorous and had a vision. Since then I have bounced from unemployment, and serial meanial jobs and he has lived the optimum painter's life. I am still not sure that I have learned my lesson. Still not sure...« Back Next »
From left: Moby and friend; Damian Loeb, Iman and David Bowie; Plum Sykes; Mary Boone.
Damian Loeb Art Opening
NEW YORK April 10, 2001 Film, fashion and music luminaries mingled with art-world insiders and the society set at the opening of celebrated contemporary artist Damian Loeb's Public Domain show at the Mary Boone Gallery. Loeb has a real talent for manipulating fact and fiction to create glossy, often cinematic paintings that attract collectors-and the glitterati-like bees to honey. The president of New Line Cinema, Michael Lynne (who collects Loeb's work), chatted with designer Nicole Miller, while across the room Iman and David Bowie hung out with Loeb and girlfriend Plum Sykes. Although this exhibition, in the artist's words, "is about how movies are better than life," life seemed very good indeed as fashion writer Marina Rust, club owner Amy Sacco, electronica musician Moby, socialite Jamee Gregory and hotelier (and sometime Vogue model) Vikram Chatwal mingled alongside the paintings.
Public Domain is on view at the Mary Boone Gallery, 541 W. 24th St., New York City, through May 5th.
By Laird Borrelli
Iman glows at the Mary Boone Gallery - Plum Sykes cozies up to boyfriend Damian Loeb
Damian Loeb takes a private moment - Ron Warren, director of the Mary Boone Gallery (Chelsea) in a vintage Valentino tie
Alick Crossley (center), with Alexandra Hamilton (left) and Adam Stennett - Brit It Girl Bay Garnett (center)
ocialite Jamee Gregory wears Celine - Phillip Hunt, who is making a documentary on Damian Loeb
Writer Mia Harlock opted for a sheer vintage look - Sally Singer, Vogue's fashion news/features director & her son
Society photographer Patrick McMullan - Hotelier Vikram Chatwal
Photos by Sebastian Sergeant