Gracie DeVito’s work challenges codified modes of art making and production; the output of the work shifts fluidly from painting, to sculpture, to found objects, to performance. Characters and motifs, manifested by DeVito herself or by the characters she creates, rotate through the 2D and 3D spaces of her pieces.
At the center of the often irreverent investigations is DeVito herself, using her body and yoga practice in pursuit of a degree of physical comedy and the absurd in the atmosphere created by her performances and found as echoes in her sculptures. This atmosphere transmutes easily to her installations, a recent creation of a welded aluminum roller coaster installed amidst objects connote a sense of happenstance, leisure and bonheur - over-scaled sandwiches, spoons, figures in repose. Nothing feels too precious or immutable. In the physical installations and individual pieces, DeVito asks questions that she herself continues to work on, often reworking pieces in an ongoing practice that shifts, re-arranges, reconsiders.
At the core DeVito is a painter, returning to the medium as a way to work through and represent these reoccurring motifs while exploring ideas about volume, space and the relationship between the concrete reality of objects and their ultimately ephemeral position in the world. With whimsical humor and a sense of the absurd, DeVito’s work asks questions about balance, time, randomness and the value of impermanence in material objects and interactions.