an installation by visiting artist Damien Gilley
Opening : September 5th : 7- 10 pm
Damien Gilley will be presenting an immersive installation using sculpture and drawing that reacts to the site as both a church and a home. Using common building materials, the work creates an expansive framework that references the dualistic identity of the building. The exhibition takes influence from Euclid’s seminal printed work which outlines foundational geometric postulates and propositions as essential truths. The work is an homage to Euclid’s “constructions,” looking not to reproduce his studies but explore geometry past physical limits. Illusionistic flat drawings, transparent walls, floating frameworks and chance sight lines elevate the process of building and making into a phenomena of perception.
DAMIEN GILLEY (b. 1977, works in Portland)
Damien Gilley is an artist from Portland whose work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. Influenced by vintage computer graphics, techno-structures, and science fiction the work integrates digital languages with the physical world to question historical, current, and potential environments.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands), Dam Stuhltrager (Berlin, DE), Suyama Space (Seattle), The Belfry (Hornell, NY), Las Vegas Art Museum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), Arthouse (Austin), the Art Museum of South Texas, and in Portland at Rocksbox, Linfield College, Wieden+Kennedy, the American Institute of Architects, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Portland 2010 Biennial, among others. Selected press includes a critic’s pick on Artforum.com, New American Paintings, Frame Magazine (Amsterdam), IdN magazine (Hong Kong), Las Vegas Review Journal, Seattle Weekly, The Oregonian, the Austin Chronicle, and online features at designboom, ignant.de, juxtapose.com. He has received multiple project grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. He has held residencies at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, ARE Enschede (Netherlands), and Crow’s Shadow Institute in Oregon. He has just completed an artist-in-residence at MARC, the Milvus Artist Research Center in Kivik, Sweden, and was invited to the Wånas Foundation to lecture about his practice.