In this time of night - buried beneath black and white - soil, waste, rust and bodies experience gray mist and gray silence. There is a great abandoned hole that had once been the site of all of Lincoln Heights. Thrown from her spaceship, the alien finds herself reaching downward from the night toward the black ooze. She is capsized. Bodies are sinking and drowning over and over and over again. They overflow back to the dark, cold present. All that remains between she and it is the drop of infinite depth.
Caught in between the sky and the wasteland is an alien race suspended in darkness by New York artist Abigail DeVille. For her Los Angeles debut, “If I don't think I'm sinking, look what a hole I'm in,” DeVille fabricates brown bodies and attaches them to a painted tarp blanketing Night Gallery's ceiling. Debris lines the floor turning Night Gallery into a spaceship in which the moonscape is on the inside. As with previous installations, such as “Dark Day” at the New Museum's The Ungovernable Triennial, DeVille calls attention to the overlooked and unseen. For her Night Gallery exhibition, DeVille creates a site-specific installation shedding dark light on that which is usually invisible in Lincoln Heights. Here is where dark meets night.
Abigail DeVille (b. 1973 Michigan) received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BA from FIT New York in 2007. DeVille has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Her most recent exhibitions include The Ungovernables at The New Museum, NY (2012); Fore at The Studio Museum, New York (2012); First Among Equals at the ICA, Philadelphia, PA (2012); Future Generation Prize Exhibition at the Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); Bosh Young Talent Showat the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2011). Her work has been written about in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Artforum.com, Time Out New York, CAPITAL, Philadelphia Weekly, Interview, Black Book, Nylon, Art News andPaper Magazine.