Segments in this Video

"Out of Order" (03:51)


The Tate St. Ives launches an exhibition of Richard Deacon's sculptures. Works include "Throw," "Restless Wave," "Individual," and "More Light." The artist explores complex forms in varying mediums.

"The Size of It" (03:47)

This exhibition, hosted in Artium, features "Untitled # 1-20," "Marfa 1," "Solalex #1," and "Viliars 1." Deacon discusses how he selects pieces to install. People relate to things that are smaller, the same size, or bigger than themselves differently.

Technical Process (04:30)

Deacon's sculptures require hand-sanding to give it depth. Screws create patterns and mark the time of creation. Ceramic sculptures can be placed outside without losing its scale.

Collaborations (06:48)

Deacon describes how working through other people is productive. "Keeping the Faith" is the first steamed work. Matthew Perry collaborates on "How much does your mind weigh," "After," and "What could make me feel this way?"

Co-Authorship (03:10)

Deacon describes his collaboration with Bill Woodrow. Works examined include "Sheep Island," "Rabbit Island," and "Rough Island."

"Moor" (03:47)

Deacon describes the evolution of his public art sculptures. Art limits his own isolation.

Credits: Richard Deacon (00:42)

Credits: Richard Deacon

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Richard Deacon

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Richard Deacon is widely regarded as one of the principal British sculptors, best known for his innovative use of open form and his interest in materials and their manipulation. For more than two decades, Deacon has created unique sculptures in a wide range of materials such as laminated wood, polycarbonate, leather, cloth and ceramic. Working on both a domestic and monumental scale, his structures combine organic and biomorphic forms with elements of engineering. The sculptures are defined by the space within and around them, as much as the solidity of their shape. Deacon’s dissatisfaction with the materials commonly associated with outdoor works drove him to explore the use of clay on a large-scale, overcoming technical difficulties to produce a body of work such as Another Kind Of Blue (2005) or Flower (2004) that illustrates his fascination with the relationship between the physical and the material. Deacon’s preoccupation with methods of construction and materials expresses the continuous development of his ideas on sculpture, the interaction of surface, skin and structure, mass and volume, space and its relations. Deacon describes himself as a ‘fabricator’, for he neither carves nor models, but constructs using manufacturing or building techniques.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194754

ISBN: 978-1-64867-397-9

Copyright date: ©2006

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