David Diviney
01. 11. 2003 - 30. 11. 2003
David Diviney - Foxfire

In the late sixties, the first in a series of Foxfire editions was published. These books aimed to chronicle the wisdom of the Mountain People in rural America in an effort to record this culture\'s fading oral tradition. Survival manuals of sorts, they outlined very important things like \"Moonshining as a Fine Art\", and in doing so, looked to preserve the ingenuity and individuality that once tamed the wilderness. As David Diviney grew up in the Blue Mountain foothills of Appalachia, his unique visual language seems to possess an internal logic that mirrors the self-sufficient ways of mountain lifestyle. While not a hillbilly per se, as the title of this exhibition suggests, the artist draws upon the lore of this culture as a means to explore the contemporary fascination with simple \"folk\" like himself.
Within this, Diviney's sculptures respond to the narrative structures of various Foxfire chapters, such as \"Hunting Tales\" and \"Dressing and Cooking Wild Animals\", setting up an oblique comparison between art making and hunting (the quintessential masculine pursuit?) where practice, precision, aim, and ultimately the trophy (the object) dictate
success (survival).

David Diviney received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA and a MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, Canada.
Since 1994, Diviney has exhibited in solo and group show settings in Canada, Germany, Iceland, Italy and the United States. Selected exhibitions in 2003 include: Duplex, Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada; Container, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA; Scatalogue: 30 Years of Crap in Contemporary Art, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
In November 2004, David Diviney will exhibit alongside Icelandic sensation Erling T.V. Klingenberg at Listasafn ASÍ (ASÍ Artmuseum), Reykjavik, Iceland. Currently, the artist resides in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
David Diviney - Foxfire
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