Culture Object

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Damon Crain

Damon Crain began his career as founder of the Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver. As a consultant in New York, his clients included the Marian Goodman Gallery, Matthew Marks Gallery, trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the New Museum.

As a leading expert in mid-20th century glass, he has published a book and numerous articles. Damon is a Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass and served for many years as a board member of Art Glass Forum | NY.

Focused since 2012 on contemporary applied arts and design, his background has laid the foundation for a unique program concentrating on functional objects demonstrating skill, technique, process, concept, and an integration into a historical dialogue.

Culture Object’s program concentrates on objects integrating conceptual and functional approaches while championing skilled production, process, and engagement with a historical dialogue through the lens of contemporary relevance.


Recommended Reading
After the End of Art, by Arthur Danto, 1997
The Evolution of Beauty, Richard O. Prum , 2017
Biocentrism, Robert Lanza, 2010

Research, Ideas (PDFs)
Ideology & Structuralism
The Big Nothing
Nothing is Truly Alive
The Case for Optimism
The Art of Not Trying
Free Will
What is Sleep?
Inherited Memories
Where is Now?
The Universe is Spooky
The Extreme Luck of Existence
Reality is What our Minds Make It
Consciousness and Physics
Finding Ourselves
Consciousness is Matter
All Machine and No Ghost?
A New Theory of the Universe




Function is relevance is beauty.
The clearer the function, the more relevant the object.
Value lies in the ability to serve a purpose or cause an effect.

We pursue conceptual evolution & technical innovation.
We engage ethics, civics, history, science, and nature.
We create and preserve ideas.
We cooperate or die.
We are culture.

Dreams and ideas are made real in objects that reach through time.
Ideas grow through exchange and evolve through iteration.
To preserve them is to enter the historical continuum.
It is an act of humility and a journey without end.



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(between 8th & 9th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018

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