LepreCon 42 Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is proud to announce local artist Dain Q. Gore as our latest Guest of Honor!
Dain Q. Gore is a current Faculty Adjunct at ASU and Phoenix College, completing his MFA in 2009. Having studied End-Times myths of his culture, he presents Bible stories mixed with Apocryphal and other controversial philosophies, such as the Tarot, in a humorous way.
His cast of absurd characters shifts between the religious and secular worlds to suit his own vision of the 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. His art has exhibited in downtown Phoenix since 2002 and as far away from Phoenix as Himeiji and Beijing.
He has performed puppetry part-time for the Great Arizona Puppet Theater since 2007, at both Adult Puppet Slams and the kid-friendly Imagine This!, having also constructed puppets that performed in his solo shows at Eye Lounge in 2010-2011 and Trunk Space in 2012, as well Phoenix Comicon in 2012-2015 and the Phoenix Art Museum. He is also a current contributor to the new Meow Wolf project, The House of Eternal Return, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His most current investigations include merging paintings with his interest in puppetry, which refer to a childhood fascination with Bible stories told through puppets and their illusion of a subjectively formed, artificial reality. This began with a solo show in 2014 at Hot Box gallery, The ECSTATIC TRUTH.
The puppets and wall pieces are not just flat: they are built up in puzzle-like pieces that include kinetic and dimensional features. The choice of material is reflective of the beliefs that still haunt him: impermanent, fragile, ever-changing, and not altogether full in form.