pendent ex ea @ Autumn Space


Dan Devening
pendent ex ea
June 22 – July 17, 2013

Autumn Space is pleased to present pendent ex ea, an exhibition of recent work from Chicago artist Dan Devening. Roughly translated, pendent ex ea means “to hang it out,” a title aptly exposing some new concerns by this artist primarily known for his painting. The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 22, from 6 – 8 pm.

Devening is an artist who has recently devoted significant time curating, exposing and presenting the work of other artists; his new body of work folds many of those precepts into a studio project incorporating paper, collage and installation. Although he describes himself as a die-hard formalist, the show reveals new conceptual strategies using display, attachment and context as frameworks driving the greater statement. The motivation behind this interest suggests an awareness of how the matrix of one’s life — or practice — keeps itself precariously in place while always in full view. It also folds in systems of information exchange like advertising, public signage, emoticons, pop-up ads and every other way messages are communicated. This is acutely evident in the large sculptural array upon which several paper works hang. Like an information kiosk historically found in town centers, the structure is designed to display both sides of each work; the audience moves freely between the structure and at their own pace. The kiosk is a presentation device that clouds our understanding of how we encounter static works. In this case, there are consequences. As one moves through the space, the viewpoint of each panel is interrupted and influenced by other parts of the installation inevitably leading to overlapping and obfuscation. The structure also exposes Devening’s fetishistic interest in how each panel hangs from the structure, as well as how material assembly is a highly considered part of each composition. Thread is used to sew paper to paper; holes perforate surfaces, and clips, staples and paper clips attach material to material. Each device is made declaratively obvious, but also pedestrian and informal, suggesting the potential for quick adjustments. Although an attitude of loose flexibility permeates the show, it’s clear that each decision is calculated and intentional.

Devening’s first solo show in Chicago in several years, pendent ex ea includes a lot that’s familiar from his past work. Line, field, surface, color and spatial anomalies continue to be subjects of interest; in this show that discourse is laid out with much less nuance and subtlety. The push here is for directness and clarity; hanging it out without flourish suggests a new level of relaxed inhibition from this Chicago artist.





Reason & Romance @ 6b gallery, Elingen, Belgium


Reason & Romance
June 23 – July 21, 2013
6b Gallery, Elingen, Belgium

6B is the studio of painter and graphic designer Alain Biltereyst. Each year he makes this space available to present the work of artist friends in order to create a platform where Belgian and international artists can meet. In this way Biltereyst brings together innovative novice and established artists from different disciplines. Like many artists he is seeking alternative ways to show art outside the traditional gallery space. The exhibition this summer is a dialogue between contemporary abstract painters from home and abroad with an emphasis on back to the basis of painting: paint!

Reason and Romance


Kiosk @ Launch F18, NY


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Dan Devening
Ron Ewert
Sterling Lawrence
Christy Matson
Michael Pfisterer

January 26 – March 3,  2012

373 Broadway (between White Street and Franklin Street)
6 floor
New York, NY 10013

T 1 603 345 5915

Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue



In June I am participating in the exhibition Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue

Material Assumptions: Paper as Dialogue
June 16 – August 11, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION, JUNE 15: 4:00–7:00 p.m.
ROUNDTABLE EVENT: Group Effort: Hand Papermaking, Collaboration, and Contemporary Art
6:30–8:00 p.m.

Curated by Jessica Cochran, Elizabeth Isakson-Dado, Hannah King, and C.J. Mace

This exhibition is about the discursive ways that artists approach paper as a medium, technology, and tool. Hand papermaking is a process that begins with the raw material of pulp and ends in sculpture, mixed media, and installation. To that end, this exhibition asks us to consider the utility of paper at the site of interdisciplinary contemporary arts and crafts. Elevating the primary role of handmade paper as a conceptual and formal “supporting partner” in contemporary art itself, Material Assumptions points to the versatility, nuance and subtlety of handmade paper as medium.

Works from Dieu Donné by:
Jessica Stockholder, Glenn Ligon, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Polly Apfelbaum, Sonya Blesofsky, Mel Bochner, Ian Cooper, William Kentridge, Beth Campbell, Nina Bovasso

Newly commissioned works by: Dan Devening, Deborah Boardman, Ian Schneller, Annica Cuppetelli & Christobal Mendoza, Matthew Schlian, Kate McQuillen, Niall McClelland, Anna Tsantir, Daniel Luedtke , Zoe Nelson, Julie Schenkelberg, Susan Goethel-Campbell

threewalls 2012 CSA


For L'Unite

I am participating in the threewalls 2012 CSA.

threewalls is pleased to announce the current round of our popular Community Supported Art program, Spring 2012 edition, featuring editioned artwork by Elijah Burgher, Derek Chan, Dan Devening, Carson Fisk-Vittori, Dianna Frid, Kelly Kaczynski, Betsy Odom, and Bernard Williams.I am participating the Three Walls 2012 CSA by providing an edition.

Community-Supported Art Chicago is a twice-yearly art subscription service of locally produced art. Borrowing the model of Community-Supported Agriculture, where consumers invest in a local farm and get a monthly payout of fruits and vegetables, threewalls asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with that same mentality. CSA Chicago makes the process of collecting contemporary art affordable and accessible.

How it works: The program offers a reasonably priced way to support Chicago artists and receive limited edition contemporary artist projects in return. This season, the edition size is more limited: 30 pieces only. Shares cost $400 for a single share of 4 artworks and $850 for a family-size share of 8 artworks, including 2 tickets to threewalls spring gala (value $200.00). Subscribers receive signed and numbered artworks at two release events in late May and late June. Shares are a curated mix of mediums, disciplines and conceptual projects, each one will be unique.

To buy your CSA, please visit here to purchase. Our edition sizes are now smaller, and they sell-out fast!

Rich and Creamy


Dan Devening will be part of Rich and Creamy, a group exhibition at the MPAC Gallery, College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. Curated by Sara Ebers and Dominic Paul Moore.
Other artists include Tom Berenz, Richard Galling, Bill Gross, Kevin McGrath, and Rebecca Shore.
Six Midwestern painters explore color and mark making while loosely  sharing a conversation about abstraction and the abstracted form.
October 7 – November 11, 2011

Gallery Weekend Chicago, September 16 – 18, 2011


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devening projects + editions is very pleased to be one of 11 Chicago gallery participating in the first annual Gallery Weekend Chicago.

As the press release announces: “A select group of Chicago’s premier contemporary art galleries have come together to organize Chicago’s first ever Gallery Weekend Chicago (GWC) on September 16-18, 2011. Like the very successful Gallery Weekend Berlin, the event is designed to attract an exclusive group of national and international clientele to experience Chicago’s dynamic contemporary art scene. Viewings of new exhibitions at top contemporary art galleries and museums, access to hard-to-secure reservations at Chicago’s finest restaurants, and private VIP events will make up the weekend’s activities. Participating galleries in the inaugural Gallery Weekend Chicago, include: Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Corbett v. Dempsey, devening projects + editions, Donald Young Gallery, Kavi Gupta Gallery, moniquemeloche, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Shane Campbell Gallery, Threewalls, Tony Wight Gallery and Western Exhibitions.”

Rundgang Spinnerei, April 30 – May 1, 2011



devening projects + editions was pleased to participate in Rundgang Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany from April 30 – May 1, 2011. For the first time, this annual spring gallery and studio tour featured a selection of international galleries hosted by the resident galleries of Spinnerei. Presented in the Werkschau, the great Hall 12, each participating gallery presented new work by selected artists. I curated an installation of new work by Gerd Borkelmann, Martin Durham, Michael Pfisterer, Christopher Michlig and Nathaniel Robinson.