turns to art as a place to create
order among the dissonance of the man-made, internet-centered world. Brought up
in Massachusetts, where he developed a disciplined work ethic, Devine moved to
San Diego at 18, and has since immersed himself in West coast architecture,
design, and lifestyle. Getting his first taste of sculpture while working as a
furniture maker, he eventually turned to sculpting full-time, drawn to the the
meditative escape he found in this work.
Citing Richard Serra
and Alexander Calder
as major influences and
describing himself as “a Minimalist at heart”, Devine creates meticulously
networked wall pieces, gravity-defying freestanding forms, and large-scale
public works, alternating between metal finishes and vibrant color palettes.
His works originate in a process where he creates a unit, replicates it, and
joins the identical units to create a singular, interconnected form.
Devine’s upcoming show at Madison Gallery
, is an “expansion” of his work thus far, and an
opportunity he has taken to create a deeper relationship between his wall
pieces and freestanding forms. In reference to the new show’s title, “Between the Lines
is a joint show with painter Jeff Kahm
—Devine explained that “to me, the negative space is almost more
important than the piece itself,” emphasizing that he hopes viewers quite
literally look between the lines that his works present.
A centerpiece of the show is a new freestanding sculpture, 15th
Street, an abstract wave form made from oval tubes of chrome, a new medium
for the artist. Wanting to use chrome for some time, it seems like an act of
fate that Devine came upon 2,000 feet of the material in a junkyard. Changing
his process slightly in this work, Devine used four different lengths of the
chrome tubes, which he found offered him new depth and variation. 15th
Street references a surf break that the artist has begun to frequent in the
past few months, and is an expression of the therapeutic solitude he finds
while surfing, much like the meditative escape he finds in his art, and offers
We offer a selection of Devine’s sculptures, as well as
in-progress images of 15th
Street, courtesy of Madison Gallery.
“Between the Lines” is on view at Madison Gallery, La
Jolla, California, Feb. 15th—Mar. 15th, 2014.