Abigail DeVille: XXXXXXX
April 13, 2013, 1 – 4 PM
Curated by Carrie Schneider
Gallery talk with Abigail DeVille, Cauleen Smith, and Carrie Schneider at 2 PM
Iceberg Projects is pleased to present XXXXXX, a solo exhibition featuring the work of New York–based artist Abigail DeVille (b. 1981, New York City). Marking the first time the artist’s work will be seen in Chicago, XXXXXX will feature a new site–specific installation using scavenged materials and created on location at Iceberg Projects’ Rogers Park gallery in the weeks leading up to the exhibition’s opening. Working in large room-sized installations, DeVille creates architecturally complex vortexes or “black holes,” using cardboard, broken furniture and tchotchkes, empty booze bottles, and other discarded objects. Says DeVille, “Garbage is the material container of a specific place and time, and it’s laden with memories, and historical information. Each installation becomes a record of that particular moment and place.” Like DeVille’s previous works, XXXXXX takes up a dialog with its location, referencing histories of social and cultural oppression, racial discrimination, and the festering bloat of this legacy. A means of spanning time and space, DeVille’s dark structures become metaphorical time warps, a critique of high-capitalist urban decadence, its sagging rot and decline.
During the opening event, artist Abigail DeVille will join Chicago-based artist/filmmaker Cauleen Smith and curator Carrie Schneider in an informal conversation in the gallery starting at 2 PM.
Abigail DeVille was born in 1981 in New York City, USA. She earned her BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and received her MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2011. DeVille’s work has been featured at the Studio Museum in New York, Marginal Utility in Philadelphia, Night Gallery in Los Angeles, the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, the Stedelijk Museum in Netherlands, and in the exhibition The Ungovernables, the New Museum Triennial, in New York.