For Adam DeVarney, it’s all about the dead, white eyes. Sure, DeVarney, a Chicago-based visual artist, loves to deconstruct the icons of American dude-dom — astronauts, cowboys, lumberjacks, you know the type. He gives them twisted faces. He finds their inner struggles. He pastes them on a backdrop of re-contextualized vintage materials: pages from books, magazines, songs, packaging and office supplies. But those blank eyes make every piece DaVarney produces a comic book nightmare.
Like any artist, DeVarney struggles with finding an audience and paying his bills, but, after a failed job as a semi-conductor manufacturer, DeVarney has found what he does best. And he advises art hopefuls in Chicago to get to know themselves as artists.
“Know what you as an artist are and what you are not,” DeVarney said. “If you’re unsure, say yes to everything that comes your way, make some mistakes and learn from them. You’ll figure out your path soon enough. Other than that, just be kind and genuine to the people that support you.”
Read more about Adam DeVarney and his work from our friends at Chicago Hustles Magazine.