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Jed Devine: Photographs


Jed Devine is a photographer of national note, and he is a Professor of Art at Purchase College, SUNY. Devine's photos are beautiful in terms of subject, technical mastery and composition, and his imagery reflects an elegant and emotionally aware sensibility. Devine's oeuvre conveys an uncommon point of view, revealing an eye that captures life's constant ebb and flow. (left: Untitled, 1988, palladium-platinum print, 8 x 10 inches, Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York City)

Devine's works spans a wide range of subjects and emotions, but whether his subject pertains to landscape, still life or the human figure, a sense of reflection pervades. He articulates a rare breadth of subject and an intuitive perception of prevailing emotion and passion. A row of apples, moonlight on water, a skull - each print appears to record something seen directly and with feeling, yet each also evokes an image from another time. (left: Untitled, 1987, palladium-platinum print)

Beginning on September 10, 2000, the Neuberger Museum of Art will present an exhibition of sixty-four representative works by Jed Devine. The exhibition, which continues through December 31, 2000, reflects the accomplishments of this veteran artist. The exhibition demonstrates Devine's archetypal quality and his ability to abstract the essence of a subject - frequently to the point of iconic remains. "Jed Devine's rigorous, uncompromising approach is exacting and masterful," says Judy Collischan, Ph.D., curator of the exhibition and the Museum's Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Jed Devine employs one of photography's oldest printmaking techniques - palladium printing, a cousin of platinum printing. His signature is his use of translucent papers hand-coated with platinum and palladium salts that produce soft, velvety black-and-white images that have a painterly quality.

Devine identifies the ambiguity between internal imagery and external reality as the aspect of photography that most interests and intrigues him. This fundamental contemplation of his internal self and the rest of the world can be seen in a striking photograph in the exhibition that displays toy horses seemingly milling about a room that overlooks a crowded city. Another image features two boats suspended by ropes. Devine was attempting to capture the light inside the boats, but when he processed the results he noticed that clouds had formed a ghost-like figure in the background. He indicates that it was one of the few times in his career that he "caught" something completely different from his original concept. On a formal level, the exploration of light and tonality contributes to Devine's enjoyment and pleasure in photography. (left: Untitled, 1989, palladium-platinum print)

In 1967, Jed Devine graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Fine Arts and began his career as a painter. In 1972, he returned to Yale to study Design and Photography and was awarded an MFA degree. In 1977, he joined the Purchase College faculty where he continues to teach photography. During his tenure at Purchase, a number of his students have also received recognition as photographers, among them: Adam Baer; Gregory Crewdson; Regina DeLuise; Andrea Modica; Deborah Mesa-Pely; and Roger Newton. (left: Untitled, 2000, palladium-platinum print, 11 x 14 inches)

Devine was born in Mount Kisco, New York in 1944. He was raised in Pleasantville, a Westchester County suburb. Jed cites Walter Hahn, his junior high school art teacher, as having an instrumental role in his art career decision. Walter Hahn is retired now and lives in Pleasantville. "I don' t know how it happened that a serious artist like Walter Hahn was teaching art at Pleasantville Junior High, but I was most fortunate to have him as a mentor and I've always been grateful to him," Devine says.

Jed Devine's photography is represented in many major museum, corporate, university and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum; London; the International Center of Photography, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has been awarded several fellowships, including the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987.

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