Today is a special treat. We want to show off the amazing crazy person that is Cameron Logue. When I first met Cameron it was in my first art class peeking over into his sketchbook. It took a whole millisecond to realized I was standing in the presence of a figurative master. And in the best description I can give of Cameron is that he is a guy that puts lots of thought behind sketches. He fills sketchbooks with super fine pencil drawings and will take a single character and illustrate it in different styles, with variations on accessories, positions, and etc.. I am amazed how he can take cartoonish culture and turn it into pieces that have crazy depth.
Cameron grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons and using them as his church. They taught him moral values, lifted his spirits, and instigated ritual worship over toys, breakfast cereals, and other merchandise. He lacked a regular religious upbringing, and whether he was aware of it or not, he found ways to fill this void throughout my life with comics, animation, and toys. These sources now influence his art to various degrees, as I attempt to resolve my spiritual needs with the superficiality of modern entertainment. His paintings feature bright colors, distorted cartoon idols, and abstract patterns which suggest the movement of the cosmos seen through a sugar-rush. He values the weird, the grotesque, and the impossible human desire of the mind to be free from the body. The subjects of his work become avatars of these qualities which have consumed humanity throughout history, but have taken on new dimensions in our plastic age.
Cartoons and video games that you get fed as a kid… To me, it had not really hit that it was merchandise yet, that there was any ulterior motive behind it. They were just there and they were magic. It was some sort of divine message. As a kid, I did not believe in one thing, I believed in everything. I did not grow up going to church, [although] I had been to church a few times, so without that kind of a background, stories from the bible were another one of these things. It was not like I thought I would get Superman knocking at my door or something, but it was easy for me to imagine the possibility that this stuff existed somewhere, even if I would never see it.
It was always really idealistic but as you grow older you start to face really dark material – real word things like mortality, old age, sickness and death. It became just another different kind of fascination, because it was something that was unsettling to me. That became a period of my life where I tried to find more serious spiritual substances… The fact is that this is what I am, this is reality and horrible things can and do happen.
In the art I do now I try and find a mix of darker things because I find approaching everything with that complete childlike abandonment, sugar rush superficiality comes off as a little false, because it’s not who I am anymore. I am trying to integrate more of my complete person by integrating it with what I got now.