Primarily known for his complex installations and wall drawings, Damien Gilley has created for the Independent Infinity Games, a series of 2-dimensional works utilizing laser fabrication. These detailed laser etchings of lush transparent acrylic with metallic paint depict abstracted built environments. Gilley’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Portland 2010 Biennial.
The reception for the artist is September 15th, 6 – 9PM. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12 – 6PM and by appointment. The exhibition will also be open for First Thursday, October 6th. Exhibition closes October 29, 2011. The Independent is located in the Pearl at 530 NW 12th in Portland, Oregon.
The Visual Art Center at University of Texas at Austin
from the press release:
“Queer State(s) explores the ways in which Texas artists queer gender identity and the performance of sexuality through visual representation. The term ‘queer’ is not meant to be literal, as in any gay artist in Texas, but rather it is meant to refer to gay, and even straight, artists that in some way engage queer sexuality in their work. Queer here is meant to refer to a kind of sexuality or gender identity that resists easy classification and exists in a more ambiguous way.”
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Puppy, Animals and Objects, 2011
Taxidermy, Mixed Media, Polymer Clay, Found Objects
16″ x 9″ x 9″
A Bucketful of Lies, 2010
Acrylic on Canvas
64″ x 64″
Random Objects, 2011
Wood, Grip Tape, Scuff Marks, Gouges
36″ x ½” x 8″
read Margaret Meehan’s post discussing the thematic issues addressed in the exhibition statement on Glasstire HERE
On January 27, 2011, less than three weeks after the January 9th mass shooting of nineteen people in Tucson, Arizona, which included Arizona U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the Utah State Senate and House of Representatives voted on a measure that declared the .45-caliber handgun the official state firearm. Even an event as significant and frightening as this one could not dissuade those under the fetishistic spell of weaponry from conducting a homage to their object of desire and devotion.
There are countless examples in pop culture, where power and virility is equated/represented with/by firearms. From action movies to rap lyrics to political campaigning, the gun is an essential and reoccurring prop. Perhaps accounting for the prevalence and frequency of such imagery, they almost certainly have a relationship to the erotic, and thereby introducing an appropriate and complex dichotomy of attraction and repulsion.
Both the gun and the knife were developed by members of our own species, with the specific intention of using them to destroy the very biological material and tissues of which we are composed. These inanimate tools of destruction and persuasion can challenge our mortality and well-being or bring us some sense of comfort and control, which is wholly dependent on which end of what is pointing your way. The simple presence of armament will universally illicit visceral reaction.
Participating artists include Leon Alesi, Sterling Allen, Nick Barbee, Tony Barsotti, Chicks Bill, Camp Bosworth, William S. Burroughs, Louie Cordero, Chris Crites, Jack Daws, Leah DeVun, Margaret Evangeline, Al Farrow, Faith Gay, William Gaynor, Charles Hancock, Bootsy Holler, Donna Huanca, Bruce LaBruce, Jeffrey Lee, Lance Letscher, Dotty Love, Marne Lucas, Margaret Meehan, Katrina Moorhead, Tim Roda, Royal Robertson, Alexandre Rosa, Tom Sale, Joshua Saunders, Brian Scott, Roger Shimomura, Taro-kun, Karlo “Kaloy” Olavides, Dan Phillips, Robert The, Terri Thomas, Bruce Lee Webb, Barnaby Whitfield.
The gallery at Centraltrak is located at 800 Exposition Avenue in Deep Ellum, a historic neighborhood of downtown Dallas.
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Ceramic, Liquid Graphite
8″ x 12″ x 2 ½ ”
James Van Arsdale is a mixed-media sculptor-installation artist, designer and musician. He holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. His artwork has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions including “(Safe Inside My) Green Zone” at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, “Color System, Color Strategy” at the University of Texas at Dallas, and the installation “The Bomb” at the Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA. He lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.
The gallery at Left Coast Books is located at 5877 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 am to 6 pm.
See more HERE and HERE
Contact: Simon Taylor, 805.845.1212, or visit our www.leftcoastbooks.us, for more information.
Mixed Media Installation with Video Projection (8 min. 23 sec. looped) and Kinetics
Bill Pay Desk, 2011
Embroidery on Felt, Wood
14″ x 14″
Balloon Form: Spiral #2, 2009
Ink, Lexan, Steel Pins
7″ x 9″ x 11″