london: richard deacon

© tate / richard deacon - after [1998] - wood, stainless steel, aluminium and resin

richard deacon [1949] is an acclaimed welsh sculptor who started in the early 1980s making organically shaped sculptures of sheet metal and laminated wood. considering himself a fabricator rather than a constructor, he used unformed basic material to make sculptures that explored, by the use of metaphor, ideas that defined human experience through language and the senses. since then deacon has been using a great variety of to create his sculptures, ranging from laminated wood to polycarbonate to leather, cloth and clay. he works on both domestic and large scales, still combining organic forms but with elements of engineering.

deacon's continuously changing methods of construction are a result of developments in his sculptural approach, reflected by his use of sinuous bent wood, contorted steel and highly glazed ceramics. currently on at tate britain in london is a solo exhibition of the artist which specifically highlights the artist's interest in materials and their manipulation. presented are some of deacon's most iconic sculptures, along with a number of delicate drawings which reflects a different but related facet of the artist: his poetic and philosophical preoccupation with language [on through apr 27]. location: millbank [westminster].

© tate / richard deacon - for those who have ears #2 [1983] - wood and adhesive