Alexander Devereux

Devereux & Co. Plaque - Alexander Devereux (2014). MDF and iron powder.
Alexander Devereux.

Solo show of new work and curatorial project by 2014 Vanguard Prize winner Alexander Devereux.

2 September – 2 October 2015

Alexander Devereux, winner of the 2014 Vanguard Prize, presented two concurrent exhibitions at Camberwell Space Projects: 'Deceiving Grandeur', a solo exhibition of new work alongside a curated group project, 'Walking Through Fiction'.  

‘Deceiving Grandeur’ marked the completion of Devereux’s year-long residency at Vanguard Court Studios. Devereux graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2014 with a BA in Sculpture and currently lives and works in London.

Walking Through Fiction 

A group exhibition of small works by artists who usually work on a large scale, including work by sculptors, installation artists, video artists, performers and all those who play with the role of imagination, theatricality and narrative. 

For this exhibition each artist was invited to make an A2 poster in response to the title and that also reflected in their own work. In the exhibition these posters were displayed alongside work by each artist. 

Artists - Alexander Devereux, Tim Ellis, Matt Franks, Jiri Kratochvil, Cedar Lewisohn, Fani Parali, Mac Scott.

Deceiving Grandeur

The intriguing building methods of the industrial age inspire Devereux to make large scale architectural installations and sculptures. Using the forms of bridges, railway stations and old factories, his installations mimic an industrial style and aesthetic. 

Devereux’s sculptures, whilst appearing to be functional architectural features made from cast iron, are in fact made from lightweight wood, thus questioning the idea that form follows function, and transforming them into sculptural objects. 

The theatricality of these fake architectural pieces imply the once labour-intensive methods of making these structures, preserving their visually impressive grandeur and ornate, over-engineered qualities.

About the Vanguard Prize

The Vanguard Prize, launched in 2010, is open to current graduates and recent alumni of Camberwell College of Arts. The winner is offered a free studio residence for a year at Vanguard Court, along with ongoing mentoring and support from Camberwell to help them develop their work and career.