Project Description



Damien Gilley (b. 1977, Westlake, California) is an artist and educator working in Portland, Oregon. His work exposes hidden architectures through site-specific perceptual installations that combine drawing and sculptural approaches. Drawing influence from vintage computer graphics, techno-structures, and science fiction the work integrates digital languages with the physical world to explore historical, current, and potential environments.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Sharjah Art Museum (united Arab Emirates), Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands), MARC (Kivik, Sweden), Dam Stuhltrager (Berlin, DE), Suyama Space (Seattle), The Belfry (Hornell, NY), Las Vegas Art Museum, Arthouse (Austin), the Art Museum of South Texas, and in Portland at Rocksbox, 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, The New York Times, New American Paintings, Frame Magazine (Amsterdam), IdN Magazine (Hong Kong), Las Vegas Review Journal, Seattle Weekly, the Austin Chronicle, and online at VICE Creators Project, Huffington Post, designboom,, and 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 Vermont Studio Center.