Sculpture in the Garden
Sculptures from regional artists installed in natural, picturesque setting
Now – April 2018
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Artist Name: Matt Devine
Title of Piece: 15th Street
Media: stainless steel and chrome
Dimensions: 80"H x 98"W x 60"D
Retail Price: $18,200 + tax
Artist’s Statement: I named this sculpture after one of my favorite surfing spots, 15th Street, in Del Mar. The chrome scrap metal I found for this piece inspired me to create a wave form because of the shimmering effect of the chrome. Even though metal is rigid, when it's arranged with hundreds of repetitive pieces, the appearance of movement can be created. I knew the piece would rust over time and I love the
idea of adding that element of change to the piece.
This piece was graciously donated to the Garden.
Artist’s Bio: Matt Devine is a self-taught sculptor working with steel, aluminum and bronze. Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1975 and raised in New England, Devine moved to San Diego, California in 1995 where he learned how to weld and fabricate metal with his father while working at the La Jolla Playhouse. He moved on to work at various fabrication studios often working with designers and architects, eventually creating his own designs. Functional pieces gave way to non-representational sculptures, which he showed at galleries in San Diego with increasing frequency and success. In 2004 he was able to transition to full time artist.
The contrasts of nature and industry, light and shadow, chaos and order are themes found throughout Devine’s body of work. Pared-down organic shapes are formed out of sheet metal and welded together in
harmonious patterns making the heavy metal appear as light as paper. These contrasts, plus the relationships of patterns and boundaries, address Devine’s desire to contain chaos and push out the discord of an information-saturated culture. Even the process of welding has become a
retreat from cultural noise.
Photos: Rachel Cobb and Nick Ruddick