All Things are True
Devin T. Mays
Screening and public talk will take place on Thursday, October 24, 6-8pm in the gallery.
This event is on the occasion of artist's solo exhibition, An Orange Dragon, and the culmination of his BOLT residency. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with the artist and scholar, Solveig Nelson.
Screening and Public Talk:
Thursday, October 24, 6-8pm
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
About the discussant
Solveig Nelson is an art critic and PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago. Her scholarship focuses on the history and criticism of early video art; the visual and performative strategies of nonviolent direct action; and questions of art and the televisual. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Time-Based Media, Art Institute of Chicago, where she is working on a two year Mellon Time-Based Media Initiative, a focus that continued from her 2017-18 Curatorial Writing Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago and 2016-17 Chester Dale Fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Photo: courtesy of Devin T. Mays
Devin T. Mays' practice is an auto-ethnographic investigation of the in-between -- an intermediate space navigated by the social polarities of his identity. These social polarities, ranging from corporeal to celestial, demarcate spaces that define an in-between. This in-between-ness is measured both horizontally and vertically – horizontality as a measurement of time and verticality as a measurement of transcendence. Time tests the durability of polarities and transcendence tests the limits of their existence. This visual language develops a vocabulary that defines and redefines the in-between being explored in his practice, and the iterative formal gestures create conceptual underpinnings that create grammatical rules for the work. By creating conditions that infiltrate, imitate and mine his familial, spiritual and cultural landscape, the work proposes and repositions what’s in-between.
Photo: Andrew Henderson.
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