A dramatic introduction to Richard Deacon's craft will lead to a major exhibition of his work at Tate Britain
When the largest survey of Richard Deacon’s work for 25 years opens at Tate Britain on Thursday, it will be accompanied by Fold, a giant green example of the sculptor’s work weighing more than 12 tonnes and measuring four metres in height.
© Richard Deacon. Photo: L Dawkins, Tate Photography
Made in 2012, the ceramic work is standing at the gallery’s Manton Entrance in its first public gallery display. Its nine towers appear to be a freestanding folding screen, but the actual materials used – 60 irregular bricks – shift into focus under closer inspection.
“I've always thought of it as more of a gate than a barrier,” says the artist.
“We've placed it in the space between the entrance to and the exit from the exhibition, which is also in the area the public circulates.
“The work joins the beginning and the end with a fold in the middle. You could almost call it a hinge'.
Deacon’s largest freestanding ceramic is part of a survey of his career stretching back to the 1970s.
“It is characteristic of his ambitious approach to making art,” believes Clarrie Wallis, the exhibition co-curator.
“This monumental work highlights how Deacon’s practice is continually evolving and how the challenges he sets himself grow from the nature of his materials.”
- Richard Deacon is at Tate Britain from February 5 – April 27 2014.
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