Deville Cohen talks with Assistant Curator Emily Zimmerman about his work in development, Zero, in Studio 1 at EMPAC.
Deville Cohen's most recent work, ZERO, is inspired in part by the television crime drama The X-Files. His interest in idiosyncratic systems of relations and understanding leads to taking closed narrative forms, like the television show structure of a crime scene, investigation and resolution, only to twist it apart. That recognizable structure breaks down, becomes abstracted and is exhausted, revealing the fragile qualities of the materials, devices and logics he uses. Influenced by theater, sculpture, cinematography and collage, he creates abstract psychic dramas that are clearly handmade, but nonetheless visually and structurally complex.
CURATOR: EMILY ZIMMERMAN