“Pared Down Synchronicity” Featuring Jane Maxwell and Matt Devine

JoAnne Artman
May 21, 2016 10:12PM

JoAnne Artman Gallery, Presents in the Main Gallery: “Pared Down Synchronicity” Featuring Jane Maxwell and Matt Devine September 1st , 2016 – October 31st , 2016 Artists’ Reception: Thursday, October 6 th from 6pm-8pm

“Pared Down Synchronicity” 

 Synchronicity: A significant coincidence of physical and psychological phenomena that are acausal connected Cultivate a lasting connection that co-exists within the art and soul-enriching forms of Jane Maxwell and Matt Devine. Rejoice in the stories revealed within each canvas of character and inner voice from the art of Jane Maxwell. Revel in the open spaces found in the organic shapes and sculptures of Matt Devine. Both artists exist outside of the temporality of time where abstraction is made visible and interpretation is left to the viewer. 

 Jane Maxwell is a mixed media artist from Boston, Massachusetts. Maxwell graduated with a BA in Literature from Middlebury College. She studied mixed media at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the deCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Her work has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and in several books on mixed media and collage. She has been a college guest lecturer on the topic of body image and art. Recently, Jane was selected to be included in the 30th anniversary edition of “Who’s Who in American Art.” 

 Matt Devine is a self-taught sculptor working with steel, aluminum and bronze. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts in 1975, Devine moved to San Diego in 1995 where he learned how to weld and fabricate metal with his father while working at the La Jolla Playhouse. He moved on to work at various fabrication studios often working with designers and architects, eventually creating his own designs. Functional pieces gave way to non-representational sculptures. The contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, chaos and order are themes found throughout Devine’s body of work. Pared-down organic shapes are formed out of sheet metal and welded together in harmonious patterns making the heavy metal appear as light as paper. These contrasts, plus the relationships of patterns and boundaries, address Devine’s desire to contain chaos and push out the discord of an information-saturated culture. Even the process of welding has become a retreat from cultural noise.  

 These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression!

"31.5" by Jane Maxwell 

"Coming and Going" by Jane Maxwell

"32-32-16" by Matt Devine

"Moonlight Drive" by Matt Devine

"Mr. Kelly" by Matt Devine

JoAnne Artman