Organic Order: Featuring Matt Devine’s Metal Sculptures-An Exclusive Online Exhibition
Order, simplicity, truth and harmony are some of the basic premises of minimalist sculpture. Although the powder coated aluminum and steel sculptures of Matt Devine feel too much alive to fall under the minimalist label, they very much exhibit many of these qualities. There is a harmony line that is echoed throughout his varied practice. Whether working in large or small scale, Devine manages to convey the duality of both quiet stillness as well as constant flux in compositions that echo patterns of oscillation and random variation.
“I like the work to speak for itself,” Matt Devine has said. Looking at Matt Devine’s gravity defying metal sculptures it is easy however to make associations to the basic geometric shapes and palette of Primary Abstraction, Minimalism, as well as mid-century Modernism.
Devine’s preference of primary colors, loose angles, and controlled chaos is unique in its sensibility however. Working out of Northern California, Devine is “drawn to the strength of [metal working], the speed of it, the immediate properties of it, and the strength of it as well.” This affinity for the material can be both felt as well as seen in his work through a real sense of presence and a controlled manipulation of space.
A self-taught artist, Devine began his path as a fabricator at 19 years old by working at woodshops, and then building sets at a playhouse. Learning the material, refining the tools, and working with his hands, Devine has developed a process which he finds akin to meditation. And like the natural world that Devine’s organic, fluid, forms reference, the phenomena of regeneration and recycling is present in the work as well, as the artist uses leftover pieces from finished pieces as inspiration for the next sculpture. Working between discord and order, symmetry and chaos, Devine strikes the right balance.