January 25 - March 8, 2017

Darwin Machine: Damian Gilley and Jeff Sheridan, multimedia artists

Curated by Fairbanks Gallery Coordinator Andrew Nigon, the exhibition's name is derived from a 1987 article by William H. Calvin, titled “The Brain as a Darwin Machine,” describing how the human brain arrives at complex conclusions through a natural selection process where many slightly varied random possibilities compete against one another to be the most affective. Within a millisecond, a winning solution is elected, implemented and finally catalogued into a long chain of memories and experiences used to choose future winners. Every decision made affects our neurological hardware and so affects all future decisions. Nigon says the studio practices of Gilley and Sheridan are Darwin Machines.

GilleyDamien 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. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including Tetem Kunstruimte (Enschede, Netherlands,) and Dam Stuhltrager (Berlin, DE.) MORE
Jeff Sheridan is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Portland. His cartoons are anecdotes on contemporary issues, social tics, psychological minutiae, and the environment, and have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, and featured in Creative Loafing, The Tampa Bay Times, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Portland Mercury. MORE