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PORTLAND, ORE. (November 30, 2012) – Damien Gilley Creates Masking Tape Masterpiece at PDX

Damien Gilley’s new exhibit, ‘Skywalker’, at Portland International Airport is gaining much praise. Located along Concourse A, it portrays airport jet bridges in the most abstract form. From a distance, the artwork looks painted or even printed on the wall, but with a closer look, is crafted entirely from masking tape.

Northwest contemporary artist, Damien Gilley, creates masterpiece made from masking tape on Concourse A at PDX.

Gilley is a young, contemporary artist from the Northwest that uses geometric shapes to create optical illusions. His work defies the laws of space and time, and questions an audience’s relationship to everyday spaces. "It was exciting to watch Damien install this exhibit and receive immediate positive feedback," said Greta Blalock, PDX art and entertainment program coordinator. "His artwork is precise, contemporary and complex, giving the illusion that you could walk right onto the floating jet bridges.”

His work can also be found throughout the Portland-metro area, in spaces such as: Wieden+Kennedy, Clinton Condominium Lobby, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland State University, and many Little Big Burger locations. Currently, Gilley’s work is part of the Lathe of Heaven show at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.

PDX’s art program is designed to showcase the dynamic cultural life of the Pacific Northwest and showcase a variety of work through ongoing relationships with regional artists, arts organizations, museums and educational institutions.

Gilley’s temporary exhibit is on display at PDX for one year.

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