Damien Gilley is an artist from Portland that draws architectural images. While his medium is usually artist’s tape and spray paint, he also creates images with other materials. His work relies on vantage point and viewpoint, and creates a space, illustrating the interior or exterior, of a specific or an imaginary place.
His goal when creating these pieces is to create a psycho geographical experience for the viewer, which is a depiction of the place that allows the viewer to feel like he or she is experiencing the actual space. Gilley creates contour drawings of architectural spaces and projects them onto the wall so that he is able to outline these drawings with the artist tape. Each drawing has a specific vantage point. When the viewer is standing in the single vantage, point he or she is able to connect with the image in front of them. The space becomes a unique experience conveying the appearance of being in a specific place. However, if the viewer steps away from the point the image begins to fall apart and creates a different experience all together.
“Detourism” is an installation that was created in response to his trip to the Netherlands. As a tourist, when exploring, he found the city to be confusing and overwhelming. In this installation, he captured the twisting and turning of the streets and feeling of being lost. This specific drawing used black and green artists tape to create contour drawings that give the illusion of walled in streets. The tape on the wall creates a sense of space and depth. It uses various walls to separate space and create a different reality within the wall. This installation relies on the vantage point and creates psycho geography of the streets in the Netherlands.
In Damien’s installation called “Axis Index” he creates a space referencing shapes from around the building. He uses different rooms and the exteriors to capture the feeling of the building itself. When the viewer stands in the specific view point he or she is able to access and experience the entire building by standing in this one spot. This installation is done with reflective green tape and neon green tape. It has props that begin to disfigure the drawing as one moves around in the space. Gilley once again captures the psycho geography of the space and creates a geometric contour drawing of the architecture.
Damien Gilley uses viewpoint and contour drawings to capture the architecture and psycho geography. These drawings and installations create a new and inviting space to the viewer so that he or she can experience the illusion of the specific space.