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John McDevitt

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artist's statement

My work revolves around the constancy of change and the challenge of self transformation. My medium, steel, is forever evolving. On the surface – steel is cold and unbending, but has the wonderful potential to warm, move and engage. My forms are simple and inviting and give the viewer a moment to transform an otherwise abstract notion into something consequential.

I express myself most naturally through sculpture. As I work, I am not forced to think about what words to use or what you might think about me. I allow myself to communicate with form, material, color…texture. Simplicity, tension, death, life. Sculpture provides me the opening I need to further connect.

My work is grounded in life. Evolution of man, each moment’s potential for life or death, our individual energy and how we relate to others. My desire to learn and grow as an individual, connect with people, my community and the world. Can I make myself lighter? These are things I push myself to face into every day and express through my work. It is grounded in what I am developing in myself or believe strongly about. It is, as I am, a work in progress.

The forms invite you in and challenge you to see something more, to think. Are you living or dying, are you evolving and helping the world to evolve, are you connecting somehow to what is around you?

I encourage you to touch, spin, and pick up my work. The smoothness of the stone, the fit of the queen’s back against your thumb, the energy of Ki-netic. I want to engage your senses, your mind…and for a moment connect with you.

Grab on and enjoy the ride!

artist's biography

Prior to becoming a full time sculptor, I spent 23 years designing and developing new products and packaging for major global companies including Johnson & Johnson and Kraft Foods. Communicating with form, color…graphics.

Communicating and hopefully connecting, via sculpture, has been an obvious move in the right direction. Steel surrounds me in my - New Hope, Pa - studio. It is my partner in a journey to improve myself and connect with the world.

Steel is my material of choice. I am not sure if I chose it, or it chose me. Cold, hard, static…but with the potential to warm, move and engage. Steel is not afraid of change. It is different at every moment. I am learning a lot from it.

Select Juried & Invitational Shows:

2011 – Michael Graves Terrace, Solo Exhibit, Princeton NJ
2011 – Morpeth Contemporary, 2 person show, Hopewell NJ
2010 – Grounds for Sculpture, Members Musings, Hamilton, NJ
2010 – Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival, Washington D.C.
2010 – Woodmere Art Museum, 70th Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia PA
2010 – Phillip’s Mill Art Exhibit, New Hope PA
2010 – Bucks County Sculpture Show, Doylestown PA
2010 – Artworks Trenton – Made in Metal, Trenton NJ
2010 – Elephant’s Eye Artist Studio Tour, Primary Artist
2010 – Echo Lake Sculpture Collaborative, Newtown PA
2009 – 80th Annual Phillips Mill Art Exhibit, Solebury PA
2009 – Sculpture Showcase, New Hope, PA
2009 – Bucks County Sculpture Show – Doylestown, PA
2009 – Transformation, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Newtown, PA
2009 – New Hope Arts Summer Select – New Hope, PA
2009 – 8th Annual Buckingham Valley Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit - Buckingham, PA
2009 – 7th Annual National Juried Sculpture New Hope – New Hope, PA
2009 – Bucks Fever Artists' Studio Tour, New Hope, PA
2009 – Elephant's Eye Studio Tour, Visiting artist
2009 – Echo Lake Sculpture Collaborative, Newtown, PA
2008 – 79th Annual Phillips Mill Art Exhibition – Solebury, PA
2008 – 7th Annual Buckingham Valley Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit – Buckingham, PA
2008 – 6th Annual National Juried Sculpture New Hope – New Hope, PA
2007 – 78th Annual Phillips Mill Art Exhibition – Solebury, PA
2007 – Bucks County Community College, Faculty Exhibition – New Hope, PA

Awards:

2010 – Best in Show, Echo Lake Sculpture Collaborative
2010 – Bucks County Sculpture Show, 3rd Prize
2009 – Sculpture Showcase – Award for sculpture.
2008 – Phillip’s Mill Art Show, award for sculpture – Award in Celebration of the People of New Orleans given by Kathy Schroeher & Jim Clare
2008 – Recipient of Bucks County Community College Award for Sculpture
2008 – Best in Show, Echo Lake Sculpture Collaborative