Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Damien Gilley: Data Systems Plaza

pink background with many interconnected white lines
April 3 - April 27, 2012
8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday and by appointment
Reception and artists talk:
Wednesday, April 4 at 2pm

Damien Gilley’s Data Systems Plaza appropriates and transforms the gallery into a temporary showroom exhibiting sculptural experiences from a fictitious company. Drawing influence from science fiction and technology developments of the early digital era, the works reference an industry that posits advanced, speculative, and futuristic products and phenomena. Within a meandering architectural framework, the works allure the viewer with controlled visual spectacles while rendering the experience of materiality ambiguous. The exhibition aims to expand upon the ephemeral characteristics of information systems through the employment of compartmentalized areas, perceptual structures, and the concept of hidden architecture.

Damien Gilley is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator in Portland, Oregon. His practice challenges perception of spatial structures through the unison of drawing and sculptural approaches. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi), Las Vegas Art Museum, Arthouse (Austin), EastWestProject (Berlin, DE), and in Portland at Rocksbox, Linfield College, and the Portland 2010 Biennial. His work has been reviewed by Artforum.com, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Portland Mercury, Las Vegas Review Journal, and has been featured in New American Paintings. He has received grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, and completed a permanent large-scale installation at Portland State University. He will be in residence at ARE Enschede in the Netherlands in summer 2012, culminating with an exhibition at Tetem Kunstruimte.