El Cruce — Matt Devine
Past: May 13 → June 30, 2015
Inception Gallery presents Matt Devine, american artist. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Devine moved to San Diego in 1995 where he learned how to weld and fabricatemetal with his father while working at the La Jolla Playhouse. Self-taught sculptor working with steel, aluminum and bronze, 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, which he showed at galleries in San Diego with increasing frequency and success.
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. The contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, chaos and order are themes found throughout Devine’s body of work.
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.
Devine’s sculpture is currently on display at highly-regarded fine art galleries across the country. His sculptures can be found in private American collections in locations ranging from Los Angeles to New York and international collections on five continents.
The artist has expanded his scope to include design and fabrication of large-scale public works on display in prominent urban settings.
Matt Devine currently works and resides in Petaluma, California with his wife, Morgan and daughter, Mollie.