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Welsh artist Richard Deacon is the focus of a new exhibition, which has opened at Tate Britain's gallery. The show features 34 works, which have been made over the past 40 years representing the most comprehensive observation of his work to date.
Deacon is known for his alternative use of materials in his sculptures. This was initially born from a lack of money, whch led him to include items such as wood, steel, ceramics, rubber, suede, marble & foam, many of which were rescued from the rubbish.
He was a student at St Martin's School of Art in the late 1960s, which is where he met fellow sculptor, Bill Woodrow. Deacon & Woodrow were a part of an exciting experimental approach to sculpture & proceeded to collaborate on many projects, most recently including the medium of glass. None of these collaborative works are on display at the Tate, instead preferring to concentrate on Deacon's lone works. His method of work does enlist the help of various skilled assistants to produce Deacon's visions. He claims to be referred to as a fabricator as opposed to a Sculptor for this very reason as he pulls resources together to assemble the final piece.
Form & structure are used to create a visual language achieved by Deacon's ability to tempt materials into various shapes. His abstract sculptures take on a fluent motion as they twist & turn into assorted geometric patterns that leave much to be explored. This is refined through a variery of processes, which are performed on the material being used. Deacon collaborated with shipbuilders to create the work 'Struck Dumb', 1988, to attain the curves that were crucial to this piece. He also works with many artist's who specialise in certain materials to offer technical solutions to gain the overall aesthetic that he desires. This refreshing enthusiasm to collaborate enables him to complete his ideas, but also leads to a sense of unity as he brings materials, shapes & skills together to present the final production.
Tate Britain has successfully presented the artist's first major show in 25 years, which also coincides with a major retrospective of another former Turner Prize winner, Martin Creed (Hayward Gallery). These two artists could not be more different in their approach to art & this serves to comment on the diversity of the art that the Turner Prize tends to air. Deacon's lines, angles & figures are a joy to search as your eyes are invited to journey across his body of work. The diversity of materials used also further improve this exhibitions appeal. The show ended at Tate Britain on 27th April 2014. Tickets - £11.00
Deacon's most notable achievement to date is being awarded the Turner prize in 1987 for his show titled 'For Those Who Have Eyes'. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1998 & represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2007.
Blind, Deaf and Dumb, 1985
Restless - 2005