Dan Devine’s sculptures, installations and photographs explore the relationship between interior and exterior spaces. His current work is preoccupied with questions concerning space reversal as a means to explore our relationship to technology and nature. A former professional motorcycle racer, Devine brings creative tinkering and conceptual rigor to his work while redefining the spectator’s relationship to internal volumes. Notable projects include his Inside Out Car pieces and concrete castings of the space between crashed vehicles after impact. Dan Devine is Chair of the Sculpture Department at Hofstra University where he is also the Director of the Rosenberg Gallery. For over four decades, his work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums and has been reviewed in major publications. Recent exhibitions include: Inside Out Nascar at Icehouse Project Space September 8, 2018 and Dan Devine - Impact at Thompson Giroux Gallery, Spring 2019.
Impact marks a collision. Often it results from the colliding of objects, but impacts can occur between cultures, philosophies, financial strategies or changing natural environments. Impact usually relates to something we have done. With each new collision, we rush to mediate and minimize the effects, as if in an effort to keep change from taking place.
The plaster castings shown here are records of the impacts of cars accidently coming together. The folds, dents, rips and slices all occurred upon a violent, chaotic and piercing impact. In contrast, the castings are quiet records; formed by the slow flow of suspended plaster, seeping into the folds and crevasses between the damaged car parts. The pieces are remnants of remnants. Their forms gently occur rather than being shaped or forged.
These remnants recall the manner in which pieces of glaciers break off and fall into the sea. They are the passive results of a warming atmosphere colliding with the leading end of a creeping glacier.
Glaciers move slowly, their growth so undetectable that we expect them to be eternal. We have named the chunks that break off “calves”. Calving has been naturally producing icebergs for thousands of centuries.
Impact usually seems to be more associated with things on a human time-scale. Two cars swerve out of control and crash. Glaciers can’t keep up with the effects of our impact-oriented sensibility.
MFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019 Impact, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2018 Dan Devine: Inside Out NASCAR, Icehouse project Space, Sharon, CT
2017-07 Sheep Farm, A living sculptural installation, The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi, Ghent, NY
2011 Dan Devine, Inside Out Cars, Art in Buildings, Time Equities, New York, NY
2010 Dan Devine, Incident Report, Hudson, NY
2006 Inside Out NASCAR, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2003 Dan Devine,Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY
2002 This conversation may be recorded for training purposes, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Davis and Hall Gallery, Hudson, NY
1998 Inside Out Car, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1993 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY, Public Art Fund Commission, Outdoor Sculpture
1992 Solid Space, Dooley Le Cappellaine Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 En Masse 2018, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2018 True North, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
2017 En Masse 2017, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2015 Foodshed, CR-10 Arts, curated by Amy Lipton, Hudson, NY
2015 Fusionera, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2014 En Masse, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2014 Search Portrait, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2014 Pierogi Twentieth, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Unhinged, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2012-13 Green Acres, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH, American University Museumand the Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
2012 Abstract & Concrete, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2011 Opening Exhibition, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY
2011 Twin Twin Postcard Edition, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 Eat My Dust, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2005 Modified, The Arts Center, Troy, NY
2004 Pierogi A Go-Go, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2001-03 Surrounding Interiors: Views Inside the Car, curated by Judith Hoos Fox, Davis Museum, Wellesley, MA. Exhibition traveled to Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL and TheFrederick R. Weisman Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Five Sculptors, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitioncurated by Joe Amrhein, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
2000 Mis-Understanding, Begane Grond, Utrecht, Holland
2000 Endless Tangibility, Landscape Sculpture Commission, Almere, Holland
2012 Spaid, Sue, Green Achres: Artists Faming Fields, Greenhouses and Vacant Lots, Contemporary Arts Center Catalog, Pages 3,7,52,109,164, 169, (illustration).
2012 Bau, Matt and Goldfarb, Maximillian, Architectural Inventions; Visionary Drawings, Lawrence King Publishing, page 192, (illustration).
2011 Rubinstein, Raphael, Dan Devine Inside Out, Art in Buildings, Time Equities, catalog (illustration).
2006 Schmerler, Sarah, Trans-Nascar, The New York Times, March 26, Page 2, AR.
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Dan Devine is Professor of Fine Arts and Sculpture in the department of Fine Arts at Hofstra University. He is the director of the Rosenberg Gallery at Hofstra University.
Dan Devine is a Member of the Board of Directors at Art Omi International Artists Residency in Ghent, NY.
He is a resident of Columbia County, Ghent, NY