Damien Gilley

United States 1977



Damien Gilley
Damien Gilley
United States
June 7, 2016
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

The very talented American artist Damien Gilley is widely known for his geometric style and artworks that challenge the perception of the viewer. He doesn’t only exhibit his works in a gallery but incorporates that space into his artworks. By thoughtfully arranging sheets of contact paper and strips of tape on gallery walls, Portland-based artist and educator creates striking landscapes that takes the observer into a new seemingly unpredictable sci-fi landscape full of action and excitement. He transforms flat surfaces into 3D space that changes depending on the viewing angle.

Gilley - Fortress, Worksound Gallery, Portland, OR, Berlin policy
Damien Gilley – Fortress, Worksound Gallery, Portland, OR

Influences: From Philosophers to Science Fiction

Damien Gilley draws inspiration from various sources including science fiction, non-Euclidean geometry, the King Abdullah Economic City – a project located along the coast of the Red Sea, as well as vintage video games and computer graphics. His main interest is a phenomenology of perception and the way we perceive space and the world around us, so he is greatly influenced by philosophers and theorists such as Henri Bergson and Guy Debord, amongst others. The artists whose work he most admires to include Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher, British sculptor Matthew Ritchie, American abstract painter Julie Mehretu and a minimalist conceptual-based sculptor Fred Sandback.

Damien Gilley’s main interest is a phenomenology of perception

Gilley - Decoy, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, Berlin policy
Damien Gilley – Decoy, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

Gilley’s Tape Art

Armed sometimes only with his ubiquitous roll of masking tape, Damien Gilley “draws” lines on the walls. Thick, thin, horizontal, vertical, short, tall, diagonal – the fundamental mark in almost all works of art – lines in his work have a new characteristic – they give a depth to the walls creating a port to the new futuristic universe that raises questions about the limits of perceived, actual and speculative spaces. Exploring the possibility of contour, he creates illusionistic wall drawings that seem to extend the boundaries of flatness, combining drawing and sculptural approaches.

The artist explores the possibility of contour

Damien Gilley - 1+1=1, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR
Damien Gilley – 1+1=1, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR

Imaginary Architecture by Damien Gilley

Born in 1977, Westlake, CA, Gilley graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Art Practice, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media and a Bachelor in Psychology. His work has been exhibited in individual and collective shows in galleries, contemporary art centers, and museums throughout the United States and overseas. His imaginary architecture questions the reality and the possibilities of visual perception, as well as the relationship between the seen and unseen. Amongst producing amazing pieces of art, he also teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, University of Oregon, and more.

Damien Gilley lives and works in Portland, OR.

Featured image: Damien Gilley – Axis Index, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
All images copyright of the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Damien GilleyHap Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2016Damien GilleyOne Grand Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2015Damien GilleyCarl & Sloan Contemporary, Portland, ORSolo
2015Out of SightKing Station, Seattle Art Fair Satellite, Seattle, WAGroup
2014Damien GilleyThe Belfry, Hornell, New York, NYSolo
2014Collaboration with Robert MinerviniPortland State University, Littman Gallery, Portland, ORDuo
2014Damien GilleyMARC, Milvus Artistic Research Center, Kivik, SwedenSolo
2013Damien GilleySuyama Space, Seattle, WASolo
2013LA Art Book FairMOCA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013LossyBemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NEGroup
2012Damien GilleyTetem Kunstruimte, Enschede, the NetherlandsSolo
2012public art commissionPortland International Airport, Portland, ORSolo
2012Damien GilleyPortland Community College, North View Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2012The NewWashington State University, Vancouver, WAGroup
2012Lathe of HeavenDisjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, Portland, ORGroup
2011Infinity GamesThe Independent, Portland, ORSolo
2011Damien GilleyLinfield Gallery, Linfield College, ORSolo
2011UnknownWieden+Kennedy HQ, Portland, ORDuo
2010InfradraftAmerican Institute of Architects, Portland, ORSolo
2010DecoyPacific Northwest College of Art, Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2010Portland 2010 BiennialDisjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center (citywide), Portland, ORGroup
2010The New New, with Dam Stuhltrager GalleryEast-West Project Berlin, Berlin, DEGroup
2010Portland 2010University of Oregon, White Cube Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2010Permanent Public Installation, Incomplete Field Guide for Time TravelPortland State University, Portland, ORSolo
2009Approximate, two-person show with Ethan RoseGallery Homeland, Portland, ORDuo
2009Shoot Me, Shoot You, collaborative installation with Modou DiengRocksBox, Portland, ORDuo
2009Air MathAutzen Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, ORSolo
2009This Land is Our LandAce Hotel Manhattan, New York City, NYGroup
2009Still LifeFive Thirty Three Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009White NoiseWorksound, Portland, ORGroup
2009SQFTBlackfish Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2008New American Talent 22Arthouse, Austin TXGroup
2008UnknownTexas A&M, Commerce, TXGroup
2008UnknownArt Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi TXGroup
2008Del Rio Counsel for the Arts at the Firehouse GalleryDel Rio, TXGroup
2008VolumeWorksound, Portland, ORGroup
2008Immaterialized - curator, exhibitorDisjecta, Portland, ORGroup
2008Plus Minus, public art commissionRegional Arts & Culture Council, The Portland Building, ORSolo
2007The Photo ShowWorksound, Portland, ORGroup
2006Round UpLas Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NVGroup
2006Las Vegas Art Competition, Best of Show award, The Grand Las Vegas, NVGroup
200617th Annual Juried ShowContemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NVGroup