Abigail DeVille USA, b. 1981
"America has numerous black holes in which it tries unsuccessfully to bury the bodies of its many democratic operatives. I use black holes as a loose metaphor for historical erasure. Black holes eviscerate matter, but the gravity of the matter remains to be discovered, interrogated, and recognized."
Abigail DeVille is an American artist known for her large-scale sculptures and site-specific installations, which incorporate objects, materials, and narrative elements native to the site where the work manifests.
The profound depth and ingenuity of DeVille's work is a reflection of the artist's exhaustive historical research, and disciplined approach to fostering an intertextual understanding of the role art plays in the everyday life of communities. The undeniable drama of DeVille's works belies the advanced craft of their construction, the elegance of their abstracted forms, and the nuance of their many layers of meaning.
DeVille's work is keenly attuned to the optimism and endurance embedded within the ongoing struggles of African American communities. She perceives "lost voices" within her materials, and deploys the art of assemblage as a medium through which to reanimate these voices, and amplify their reach.
DeVille's work has been the subject of an Art21 documentary, and has been the subject of exhibitions at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; New Museum, NY; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, among others. She has been a Creative Capital grantee, was nomiated for The Future Generation Art Prize in the 55th Biennale di Venezia, and was artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2017-2018. Her work is in the permanent collections of Pinault; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Kadist Art Foundation; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Studio Museum Harlem; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, among others. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and is a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art and Columbia University New York MFA program.
Abigail DevilleArchive Wakes (Number Tree), 2021Television, acrylic on stove, axe, mannequins, iron Christmas tree, gold wire, lotto tickets, chains, bungee cords with hooks, plant roots, water cooler, chains, panty hose, window fragments, broken bottles, chair, pool cue, walking canes, shoe sole, clay wheel, chandelier crystal prisms114 x 45 x 33 inches
Abigail DevilleHeaven, 2017mirrors, glass pieces, plexiglass miroirs, morceaux de verre, plexiglas125 x 325 x 35 cm (49.2 x 128 x 13.8 in.)
Abigail DevilleAmerica #03, 2015acrylic paint on masonite, wood, flexible ribbon ligh244 x 122 x 5 cm (96 x 48 x 1.9 in.)
Abigail DeVille, Beneath TonguesSwiss Institute 21 Jan - 17 Apr 2022“Language is a circular shape around us,” writes New York-based artist and educator Sable Elyse Smith. “It has legs and sounds and blows and silence. Do you know this? It...
Abstraction & Social CritiqueKavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd. Floor 1, Chicago, IL, 60607 23 Oct 2021 - 1 Jan 2022Kavi Gupta proudly presents Abstraction and Social Critique, an intergenerational group show of artists whose aesthetic positions declare the continued relevance and influence of abstraction. The artist James Little, whose...