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Jeffery Lloyd Dever

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Polymer Art Archive

Background Information

Employment History


SOFA : Chicago

Del Mano Gallery



Web References (13 Total References)

Polymer Art Archive » Exhibitions [cached]

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Morning Refuge, 2009

I asked Jeff to tell me a little about these pieces.
Jeffery Lloyd Dever, Edensong Reverie, 2009 Polymer clay, wire, card stock Jeff writes about his piece:

Polymer Art Archive » Rachel’s Eye on Design: Love Bottle [cached]

Rachel Carren on Feb 04 2008 at 12:00 am | Filed under: 1998, Blends, Design, Dever

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Love Bottle, 1998 There is a lingering perception in our culture that wonderful art results from a spontaneous moment of inspiration. Although this may be true for some works of art, generally there is a substantial body of work and knowledge behind the artist that serve as the foundation for such success. Unlike centuries prior where skills were acquired over years of training, we live in a time of rapid communication and change in which people frequently expect quick results. Yet, the true mastery of any art medium is generally the result of much time spent looking, learning, practicing skills and evaluating one's path.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever's constructed vessel, "Love Bottle", 1998 is a watershed piece in his evolution as a polymer artist. After many years of experience as an artist/illustrator, Jeff began working with polymer in the late 1980's as a means to dimensional illustration. Initially his approach to clay color was quite basic and his ability to create a dimensional form was limited by whatever pre-existing armatures were available. His "discovery" of two techniques, one more personal and the other widespread, allowed him to actually bring into being his vision of form and content. This ability to control the medium for expressive purposes was crucial since "happy accidents" are rarely part of Jeff's work. Love Bottle represents the first fruitions of Jeff's new found freedom and control as a polymer artist.
Jeff always works from carefully considered concepts. One distinguishing feature of his art is his ability to create three dimensional forms of varying sizes and shapes. However, this autonomy of form was not possible until he figured out how to build his own interior framework. Rather than relying solely on what was available, he realized a means of constructing whatever armature he imagined by using cardboard as a platform. The basic heart shape of Love Bottle is a union of two hollow forms. With both concave and convex surfaces, it swells and contracts the way we would expect a three dimensional heart shape to do. The spherical, striped bull's eye adds complexity by penetrating into the surface of the heart. At the top, a flame, which relies on a simple foil support, functions as a stopper and can be removed.
The other "new" technique Jeff utilized in constructing "Love Bottle" was the Skinner blend. After years of illustrating using palettes of graduated shading and delicate color shifts, Jeff was thrilled to learn how to replicate such effects with clay. This capacity to make a subtly blended sheet of clay allowed him more command over how he applied color to his work.
With "Love Bottle" Jeff suggests many ideas about the range of love without resorting to sweetness or overt romanticism.
Through all of these obvious and more understated references, Jeff's "Love Bottle" communicates many ideas about the nature of love. As a work of art, it seamlessly unites form and function as a vessel and as a broad exploration of an idea. Within the progression of Jeff's work, "Love Bottle" stands as a tangible manifestation of his then new command of the material, which enabled him to create what he had envisioned with skill, artistry, a bit of humor, and a lot of love.

Polymer Art Archive » 2009 » November [cached]

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Morning Refuge, 2009 Polymer clay, wire, thread, card stock 7.75"H x 12.5"W x 5.25" D Both Jeff and I are exhibiting work at SOFA:Chicago this week. Pictured above is one of two teapots being shown by Del Mano Gallery. I asked Jeff to tell me a little about these pieces.

Polymer Art Archive » SOFA:Chicago 2009 [cached]

Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Morning Refuge, 2009

I asked Jeff to tell me a little about these pieces.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Woodland Sojourn, 2009
Jeff Dever with his work at Del Mano Gallery, SOFA:Chicago 2009

Team Work | Polymer Art Archive [cached]

Throughout the experience, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever served as a moderator, perhaps the Tim Gunn of the experiment. Dever asked probing questions of both artists and teams and worked with them when things got complicated, for the reality of collaboration can be a bit rough.

back row L to R: Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Robert Dancik, Jim Glass and Sarah Shriver.

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