Courtesy of the artist Connected and Disengaged Mixed media body cast with wires and books
In entering the Nicole Longnecker Gallery for this exhibition -- "Kelley Devine: Unwhole" -- a viewer is exposed to a panoply of cyborgs, part human, part machine. That the human element here is a body fragment , not a complete body, perhaps makes it all the more ominous.
And yet enticing, for these sculptures have their own grace, their own elegance. Many of the machine parts are simply bicycle chains, but they take on a power of their own -perhaps the Tour de France should sponsor Devine, for the links here portray not speed but power, and the gripping uncertainty of the unknown.
There are so many sculptures that one is overwhelmed, and might wish for less, but I couldn't find any that I wouldn't miss - well, perhaps one, a collaboration involving a heart that seemed too literal, and out-of-character for Devine.More »