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October 27, 2015
“Skywalker” by Damien Gilley (click image for larger view)
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Eastern Oregon University’s art department is hosting Portland-based installation artist Damien Gilley next month. He will give a free, public lecture on his work Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall.
Gilley, born in 1977 in Los Angeles, is an artist and educator whose work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. Referencing computer graphics, techno-structures and science fiction, his work integrates digital languages with the physical world to question historical, current and potential environments.
“Damien’s skilled manipulation of rather simple tools of perspective creates not only perceptual illusion, but helps the viewer experience a theoretical confusion in a visceral way,” said Susan Murrell, associate professor of art at EOU. “We are looking forward to having him here on campus to share his work and give feedback to our art majors on their own creative practice.”
Gilley’s 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 and juxtapose.com.
Gilley 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), Crow’s Shadow Institute (Oregon) and the Milvus Artist Research Center (Kivik, Sweden).
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