Dan Devening | Let Me See a Further Thing
Let Me See a Further Thing
January 17 - February 22, 2018
Artist lecture: Thursday, February 22, 6 pm
Dan Devening is an artist, curator and educator living in Chicago. His richly varied work is defined by a strong sense of visuality; optical sensations activated by particular surface, color and spatial nuance drive his practice. The production and interaction of these formal elements become the means by which he addresses how presentation and audience create an integral and inter-dependent relationship. Each piece offers subtle enticements that bring the viewing experience forward to pull the gaze closer: chromatic pairings, overlaps, loosely tacked parts, tape, hanging threads, enlarged patterns, abrupt brush marks activate the composition and act as the ground work for deeper concerns. Framing the parameters of an image becomes a way to stage a narrative fiction. Theater and the mechanics of story telling are integral and continue to provide a structure for ways in which artworks attract, deflect and trigger desire. Some parts of an image are covered; others partially exposed. Like the narrative trajectory of a play, the slow unveiling of discreet parts, lead to a fuller and more complete story.