Matt Devine: Weightlessness

JoAnne Artman Gallery
Dec 31, 2019 3:18PM

Matt Devine’s sculptures explore lines as a pliable medium and point of departure. Emphasizing the use of line as multidimensional, Devine takes dissected pieces of sheet metal and transforms the industrial materials into organic patterns and shapes. As Devine works with aluminum, steel, and powdercoat paint, he saves leftover pieces from earlier sculptures to generate the next step in his process, recycling and seamlessly transitioning to the next piece.

Appearing weightless, his sculptures stand in perfect balance as they convey a feeling of aerial lightness that contrasts the materials they are made with. His minimalist aesthetic and color palette serve to reinforce the strength of the forms, highlighting the inner balance and order within the works. Transforming raw material into patterned shapes, Devine’s controlled manipulation of space reveals the contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, and chaos and order. Focusing on line to guide the compositions, Devine pushes the boundaries of sculpture to create pieces that present as light as air.

Recognized for his primary colors and curvature, Matt Devine’s organic forms contribute to his signature sculptural style of harmonious contradictions. Distilling pared-down compositions from industrial materials, Matt Devine coyly flirts with geometric abstraction while recording the modern world around him.

“I became intrigued as a young adult by the Mid-century Modernist movement of design and have been obsessed with the subtle use of lines and curves in various forms ever since. I would like to say that there is some deep conceptual meaning to my work, but truly it is about creating a piece of sculpture that is visually pleasing and balanced. Selfishly, as a process artist, it is about the meditative quality of repetition and arrangement that drives me to create the works I do,” says Devine.

“As for significance of line and shape, I think that comes from my inspiration. I am inspired by the patterns in nature, architecture, and mathematics. The idea of de-constructing something complex, breaking it into parts, and reconstructing it into something new or different is a driving force behind all my designs. The gentle curve of a leaf, the arch of a window, or the formula for an ellipse have all found their way into my work. As for repetition, I like to see what I can accomplish with the strict use of just one piece multiplied over and over (sometimes thousands of times) to create one larger piece. I love it when people say, “How did you do that?”"

“The ultimate goal of any of my works is to bring the person experiencing it a sense of peace or inspiration. I am personally very put at ease by controlling the composition of my sculptures. I do sometimes compare my process to pushing out the chaotic noise of modern society and arranging the details into one more quiet composition,” he concludes.

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