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Darwin Machine: Damien Gilley and Jeff Sheridan

Fairbanks Gallery of Art

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Damien Gilley 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. 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.

Gilley's process involves randomly laying down multiple, slightly varied laser lines across a darkened room. Each line iniquely adjusts to the physical variations of the room and the objects housed within int. In effect. creating unique and colorful sprites that, when viewed in chorus, point to an architecture existing in an alternate dimension.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands), Dam Stuhltrager (Berlin, DE), Milvus Artist Research Center (Kivik, Sweden), Suyama Space (Seattle), Whatcom Museum (Bellingham, Washington), The Belfry (Hornell, NY) and the Las Vegas Art Museum.

Jeff Sheridan was born in Chicago, raised in south Florida and is now a multimedia artist living in Portland, Oregon. His work explores repetitious, self-organizing symmetries in the natural world. Affected by elemental conditions, objects in the world are organized in a way that is neither crystalline nor inorganic. Water erosion sculpts mountains, and life populates those exposed fertile pockets. Thematic and fluid, these natural symmetries are accentuated through repetition which in turn create texture and form structures in negative space. Encouraged by meditations and comprised of groups of thoughts, these symmetrical textures are largely spontaneous and inform Sheridan's work as it is being created. The objects he creates refer to life, erosion and become abstract structures that grow, spread, and disappear. 

Fairbanks Hall (campus map)
Fairbanks Gallery, First Floor
220 SW 26th St
spark at oregonstate.edu