PORN IN THE WOODS DEVON DUNHILL CLAPP AT ET AL PROJECTS
New American Paintings
"By tackling taboo subject matter with an abject attitude, Devon Dunhill Clapps die weiße Schweinehund was an exciting way to end 2012. Clapps work is inspired by a dark side of the human experience. Internet dumping grounds like space ghetto and true horror stories from rides on the New York subway generate the imagery for his work. Francis Bacon was noted saying that he wanted his
pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail leaving its trail of the human presence
.as a snail leaves its slime. I liken this sensibility to Clapps paintings which exist underneath the rock of culture where the worms hide away from the light. He makes animals of us by exposing the things we do not wish to see and that which we try to forget. Clapp describes his work as evoking the same sensation as stumbling upon pornographic magazines in the woods, and they are truly that unsettling and invigorating; we feel uncomfortable looking, yet cannot look away. It is also worth noting the cinematic nature of the work, many of the paintings feel like clippings from the climax of a film, as if there were moments in life where he stopped the frame to make a note when everyone else hid their faces in terror..."
Anthony Palocci Jr.
January 2, 2013
ARTS UNCOVERED - Devon Clapp
"Painter Devon Clapp is interested in the bizarre, dark and more disturbing aspects of existence. His new show at et al Projects in Bushwick features images of deviant sex, bodily fluids, alien encounters, and other grotesque scenes rendered in drippy radio-active oranges, pinks and yellows.
Last week I met up with Devon at Et Al Projects to talk about his work. I learned about the seedy forests near his childhood home in New Hampshire, LSD fueled walks through the woods, and how the music of bands like Coil and Throbbing Gristle helped Devon carve out his niche as an artist. Devon also told me the disturbing, hilarious and terrifying story behind one of his new paintings."
December 25, 2012
Devon Dunhill Clapps Grotesque Take on Sensuality by Nastia Voynovskaya
"Brooklyns Et Al Projects currently has a solo show on view by painter Devon Dunhill Clapp titled die weiße Schweinehund. Testing the boundaries between fear, death and eroticism, Clapps loosely structured paintings evoke simultaneous wonder and aversion. The grotesque is cultivated not through specific imagery but rather through smudgy, dripping colors that destroy characters orifices and muddle faces and bodies. Take a look at some of the works in the show below."
December 21, 2012
PRATT MFA 2011 EXHIBITION
OPENING: Friday, May 13th, circa 5 - 7pm.
gallery hours: tues - sat. 11am - 6pm
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th St.
"I CAN'T TELL IF I'M SCARED OR HORNY"
DEVON CLAPP MFA Candidate 2011
opening reception, Monday, April 18th 5-9pm
closing reception, Friday, April 22nd 5-9pm
gallery open throughout that week from 11am-5pm or by appointment
200 Willoughby Ave
Directions: G train to Clinton/Washington
FOCUS AND MOTIVATION LECTURE SERIES
Thursday April 7th, 2011 at 5 p.m.
I will be giving a talk about my work and the process behind it at Hunter College, as part of the "Focus And Motivation: MFA Artists Present Their Art". Other artists besides myself talking that day include: Alice Gibney, Matthew Greco and Julie Oppermann.
Hunter College, Art Department
68th St & Lexington Ave, North Building
11th floor Central Crit Room
PRATT MFA OPEN STUDIOS
Pratt MFA open studios
Friday, April 15 · 5:00pm - 9:00pm
200 Willoughby ave
I'm in studio ELJ 301 (back)