Damon Lawner to Unveil His Latest Collection of Photographs, Titled 'INTIMATE STRANGERS' at Curio 69 Gallery, March 23, 2006

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Curio69, a progressive, modern art gallery presents Damon Lawner's "INTIMATE STRANGERS," An excuisite, erotic experience.

Curio69, a progressive, modern art gallery presents Damon Lawner's "INTIMATE STRANGERS," An excuisite, erotic experience.

It was a series of gritty celebrity portraits that sparked the interest of Sasha Gelbart, owner of Curio69, a West Hollywood art gallery. The timing was perfect. As an artist, Damon was ready to step up to the plate and embrace his talent. Having had an affair with photography for years, it became clear that this was his chance to shine. In addition to displaying his recent work, Damon wanted to take this opportunity to embark on a new photographic journey.

In the words of the artist himself, “I wanted to shoot my subjects, all strangers, in their personal living space -- to be invited into their private world. It was my intention to capture a highly charged, sensual moment together, an ephemeral romance, yet not allow myself to reach beyond the lens. My thought was that in protecting them from my desires, they would feel free to express theirs.”

Damon uses no image enhancement or touch-up tools. As an artist his goal is not to smooth over lines or make the imperfections disappear. His current project is the exact opposite. His work is about breaking down the barrier between artist and subject and pressing the button at the moment he truly sees the person for the first time. Somewhere between his first and last rolls of film, Damon succeeds in capturing his subjects in both their innocent and sensual moments. A tour around this collection is sure to both arouse and stimulate the senses and cannot be missed.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with Damon Lawner, please contact Elisa Gold at Represent/ Strategic Media Relations, 310.467.8838.

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