Dain Q. Gore is a current FA at ASU and Phoenix College, having completed his MFA in 2009.
Having studied (and lived) End-Times myths of his culture, he presents Bible stories as well as Apocryphal and other controversial philosophies in a humorous way.
His cast of absurd characters shifts between the
religious and secular worlds
to suit his own vision of a vaguely supernatural realm.
His recent area of interest has included puppetry, emulating the humor and questioning
of his paintings in a manic sculptural and often bawdy performance-based setting.
He has performed part-time for the Great Arizona Puppet Theater since 2007, having also constructed puppets that performed in his solo shows at Eye Lounge in 2010-2011 and Trunk Space in 2012, as part of the Onloaded series for First Friday in Phoenix in 2014, as well Phoenix Comic-Con in 2012-2015.
My most current
investigations include merging my paintings with puppetry,
which refer to my childhood fascination with myths (such as Bible stories)
told through puppets and their illusion of a subjectively formed, artificial reality.
This began with my solo show in 2014 at Hot Box titled, ECSATIC TRUTH.
puppet-like wall pieces are not flat: they are built up in puzzle-like pieces
that include kinetic and dimensional features, often implying feature.
The choice of material is reflective of the beliefs that still haunt me: impermanent, fragile,
ever-changing, and not altogether full in form.
"Dain is (a) Blind Saint. Good for him." ~Dave Hickey