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Interior Lives

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CDV020 copyThe elegant, restrained vessels of Richard DeVore have frequently been compared to human forms. It is easy to see why – their warm, matte surfaces evoke human skin; clefts, dimples, slits, and bulges in the works reference anatomical forms; and the suggestion of bilateral symmetry recalls the basic human figure. Even his commitment to a few selected vessel shapes, and a restricted color palette, recalls the diversity of life, bound as it is to certain limitations. Janet Koplos equated his body of work to a crowd of people, who are “recognizable as a species but infinite in their variety.”

Like people, DeVore’s works DeVore_Inside1_detailhave rich interior lives, not immediately visible to the casual viewer. In many of his pots, the artist constructed a series of false bottoms that can only be discovered by peering over their rims. This requires the viewer to get close to and spend time with each piece in order to properly assess them. Invisible from the exterior, the pots have hidden layers that radically change the perception of each piece. A tall vessel, with steeply sloping walls is revealed to have a shallow interior, composed of a series of these false bottoms, accented with evocative cut-outs that lead to increasingly obscure levels. The works are mysterious, and do not easily give themselves away. Instead, as Koplos notes, “they stand, they feel, they keep secrets.”

-By Kelly E. Boyd

Written by Frank Lloyd

July 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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  1. Wonderful to see a close up of the interior as well was a photo of a piece. I love Richard DeVore’s work and wish I was in California just now to see the show.

    Jennifer Lee

    July 26, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  2. I have printed your explanation of De Vore’s work. It taught me something I didn’t know. There is so much I don’t know. I will place your explanation underneath his vessel.

    Sincerely , Alan

    Alan Mandell

    July 26, 2014 at 11:33 pm

  3. Thanks for the comments and compliments. Regular readers of this blog will see that this post was authored by Kelly E. Boyd, Assistant Director of the gallery. Bravo!

    Frank Lloyd

    July 27, 2014 at 1:12 am

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