Friday, August 30, 2013
Devine and DeWees exhibit dynamic balance at Laura Rathe Fine Art
The metal sculpture and painting exhibition marks the convergence of two radically differing artists in perfect harmony.
DESIGN DISTRICT The combination of a sculptor who works with metal and an emotionally driven abstract painter might seem an unlikely pairing for a gallery show, but according to Courtney Feavel and Janice Meyers at Laura Rathe Fine Art, the combo actually works.
While it’s the first time the two artists will have shown together, Feavel says the pairing was collector-driven. The contrast in the two’s medium and color palette presents an enticing combination for collectors. Both are often, surprisingly enough, collected in the same homes.
A little background: Devine is a self-taught artist who in 2001 transitioned to sculpture full-time. His primary medium is metal and his pieces, occasionally composed of vibrant hues of color, often black, are intricate without appearing complicated. The clean aesthetic of the pieces, which sometimes sit on the floor and sometimes hang on the wall, defies the medium which he uses, appearing airy and fragile.
In contrast, DeWees, while a trained artist, began his career as a representational painter and only moved later to the abstract expressionist style of painting he practices today.
DeWees’ painting is minimal, emotional and works off a basic almost exclusively neutral palette, a stark contrast to the bold sculptures of Devine. His work is often a study of the line, something DeWees says represents his “visual voice.” The non-representational works although minimal, are reminiscent of Franz Kline in regards to the linear, violent brush strokes with which he disrupts the canvas.
Both artists, apart from simply being paired in collections, predominantly explore form in their art and the final products “express a sense of overall balance and universal harmony.”
See their work together for the first time on September 7 at an opening and artist reception at Laura Rathe Fine Art. If you miss the opening night, the work will be on display through October 5.
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