- Tate Britain |
- 5 February – 27 April 2014
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Charting the career of the Turner Prize winner and leading British sculptor who first achieved international recognition in the early 1980s.
Richard Deacon describes himself as a 'fabricator' – a maker of things who places emphasis on the construction and manipulation of materials.
His open structures, for example, are characterised, not by their shape, but by their boundary or edge. This can be seen in works such as After, a huge serpentine form where volume, space and material are balanced in a way that challenges the distinctions between interior and exterior.
Similarly, pieces from his Art for Other People series, started in 1982, demonstrate Deacon's ability to transform everyday materials – such as steel, foam, rubber, chrome, leather and marble – into sculptural works.
Also on display is a series of early drawings It's Orpheus When There's Singing, which have been of great importance to the artist in the making of subsequent sculptures, especially those that draw on language and communication.
Deacon's interest in 'material diversity' has led him to produce experimental new works in cardboard, ceramic and other non-conventional matter. One such example is Restless, a continuous ribbon of stainless steel-braced wood, frozen as if in an agitated state.