Silverman Gallery is pleased to present, “Good Morning,” an exhibition of new work by Deva Graf on view from February 4th – March 12, 2011.
The artist’s first solo show with Silverman gallery features a site specific environment that includes a series of sculptures, a drawing, unfired earthenware, candles, sand, and an India ink wall drawing. Combined, these elements advance Graf’s contemplation of sculptural space. A reference to Zen satori the show’s title foregrounds the artist’s ongoing conversation with Mahayana Buddhism. These delicate gestures ultimately come to bear on the history of modernist sculpture, uncovering an unspoken trajectory in Minimalism, such as in the work of Walter de Maria, Fred Sandback, and Robert Smithson. Along the way, Graf engages pressing questions of the site and anti-site, the manifest and the unmanifest, form and the informe. During the run of the exhibition, the artist will burn 40 + candles each day, in a piece called “Mother’s Vigil,” that offers a figure for wakefulness and coming into consciousness.
Deva Graf received her MFA from the University of Illinois, at Chicago. She has exhibited internationally including Bern, Switzerland, Naples Italy, and throughout the US, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Graf was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day For Night, as well as 12 × 12 New Artists New Work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Graf currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA and continues her studies at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, Mt. Baldy.