Jed Divine’s solo photography exhibition at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery celebrates the development of his work into new territory, interrogating the spaces of the artist’s daily life and experience.
Devine’s previous work of platinum palladium prints have been lauded for forty years, distinguished by their delicate small-scale monochrome still lifes, landscapes, and portraiture, a selection of which will be on view in the Project Space.
Devine shifts his approach dramatically as his palette expands to include digital colour photography. Over the past year, Devine has worked on layering imagery that provides a diary of domestic activities that assimilates images that have defined his sensibility.
Those images combine the commercial and classical as icons of art history are juxtaposed with contemporary painting, commercial illustration, photojournalism, and three-dimensional household items. Devine’s everyday objects impart a compelling sculptural quality. His work raises questions about where the photograph as object now resides in the age of post-appropriation and image saturation. Devine’s new images are thus eclectic collages veering gently into the realm of abstraction.
Jed Devine was born in Mount Kisco, New York in 1944, and received his MFA from Yale University in 1972. His photography is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the San Francisco Museum of Art, California; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He received a Guggenheim in 1985.
Jed Devine runs from 6 February until 12 April at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 41 East 57th Street 13th Floor, New York, NY 10022. For more information visit www.bonnibenrubi.com.
1. Jed Devine, Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC.