Brian Divis: In High Regard
@ OS Projects
601 Sixth St, Racine, WI 53403
Opening Saturday, November 12th, from 1PM - 3PM
On view through Saturday, January 14th
OS Projects presents In High Regard, an exhibition featuring mixed media works by Chicago artist Brian Divis. The exhibition opens November 12, 2022 and continues through January 14, 2023. An artist reception will take place on Saturday, November 12, from 1 – 3 pm.
In High Regard explores issues surrounding domesticity, gender, reverence and material tradition. The works in the exhibit are constructed from fibrous textiles, such as yarn, coated with metal and graphite powders. The materials pay homage to the artist’s rural Midwestern background, situated between a loving mother skilled in the craft of sewing and a labor-driven father who worked at the local wire and steel mill.
By combining craft-associated and industrial materials and destabilizing their tactile perceptions, Divis creates surfaces worthy of reverence while complicating the relationship between sculpture, painting, gravity and light. Through a process of revealing and concealing, the cultural, spiritual and art historical status of the objects and their materials are brought into question, while their gendered histories are reimagined.
As he transforms the conventional associations and perceptions of his materials and objects, Divis creates new aesthetic frames of reference that foster awareness of the forces at play in the formation of absolutes and stereotypes–advocating for acceptance and empathy over judgement and animosity. The goal, the artist states, is for the objects to emerge with a thick presence that prompts viewers to reconsider their socially constructed beliefs about the things often held in high regard.
About the Artist
Brian Divis is a Chicago area interdisciplinary artist and educator working in painting, sculpture and mixed media. He has exhibited with Chicago Sculpture International, DIALOGUE Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition and Friends of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include Recent Works at Robert T. Wright Gallery (Grayslake, IL), By Degrees at 3D4D by CSI (Chicago), THREAD at Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati), IN DIALOGUE at Governors State University (IL), 2021 Evanston & Vicinity Biennial and TOGETHER, a virtual exhibition in coordination with Now About Art and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.
Divis holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MEd from Loyola University Chicago and BA in Art from Eastern Illinois University.
About OS Projects
OS Projects is a contemporary art gallery in downtown Racine featuring visual artists in solo and small group exhibits. The gallery’s primary focus is on artists living and working in the Chicago-Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee urban corridor. While the range of media the gallery presents is broad—encompassing painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and installation—the exhibited artists are unified in their engagement with topical issues, experimentation with materials and processes, and adherence to craft.
OS Projects is located at 601 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin. Gallery hours are Saturdays, 12 – 5 pm, and by appointment. For more information, please visit the gallery website: osprojects.art.
The image shows Devotion by Brian Divis, 2022.
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