Paul Devens

Paul Devens is an artist who crosses borders between different media. He is educated as a pictorial artist, but has also a large production of work based on sound. In many of his works it’s the tension between the material object and the abstract sound that creates the dimensions of meaning. Another aspect that makes you want to look closer at his work is the element of surprise. This element, either conveyed through sound or size, tends to be a humorous one. The passing of time is also an important aspect of Paul Devens’ work. Time tends to make the works more familiar, but without negating the element of alienation.
(text by Siv Hofsvang art-historian and curator at Galleri F 15)

Paul Devens (NL)
Lives and works in Maastricht

1989-1991 Jan van Eyck Academy, postgraduate academy, Maastricht, the Netherlands
1984-1989 ABK, academy for visual arts, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Selected exhibitions and projects
Exhibition (group) Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo, the Netherlands
Concert Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and broadcasted on national radio (VPRO)
Performances with band during the openings of the Venice Biennale, Italy
Giving lectures and workshops at the academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands
Exhibition (group) at le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
Exhibition (group) “Who Says Seeing Only Happens With The Eyes?”, TENT., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Exhibition (group) “Who Says Seeing Only Happens With The Eyes?”, F15., Moss, Norway

Exhibition and concert during Oblique Nights, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
“MOPED”, permanent installation at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands
Curation and participation in the project “TAG”, eight cooperations with eight artists for the Luxus Foundation, Den Haag, the Netherlands
“ON HOLD”, exhibition in Marres, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Concerts in Cologne, Germany, Rotterdam, Maastricht, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Antwerpen and Genk, Belgium
CD-release of “-FUCK -IT” on the web

Exhibition of “HEADS” / “BALL(ceiling)”, bought by the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Concertproject “Bluenail” in the CBK Maastricht, De Parel, Amsterdam, Doornroosje, Nijmegen, Boulevard, Den Bosch, the Netherlands, Baudelopark, Gent, and Winterslag, Genk, Belgium
Lecture and workshop at the ABK Maastricht, the Netherlands

Production and curation of audio-CD project “HEDAH 500RPM”, the Netherlands
Museum Stadsgalerij, Heerlen, the Netherlands
Lokaal 01, Breda, the Netherlands
Presentation “MODEL(book)”
“The Eye and the Ear”, Sticht. Duende, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

W139, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
“Cone 8”, permanent installation, city of Enschede, the Netherlands

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands

Artist-in-residence, Grenoble, France, organised by Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes
Magasin, Grenoble, France
Lecture at the École des Beaux-Arts, Grenoble, France
Proton ICA, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
“Toucheprijs ’94”- selection, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Apollohuis, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
“Sound & Vision”, ICA, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

“Euregionale 1992”, Provinciaal Museum, Hasselt, Belgium