Turner Prize recipient Richard Deacon’s voluptuous abstract forms have placed him at the helm of British sculpture since the 1980s. His voracious appetite for material has seen him move between laminated wood, stainless steel, corrugated iron, polycarbonate, marble, clay, foam, leather, and paper. He embraced the potential of paper at STPI in 2011 to develop forms that explored the relationship between volume and space. Deacon describes himself as a ‘fabricator’, emphasising the construction behind the finished object. Sinuous curved forms might be bound by glue oozing between layers of wood or have screws and rivets protruding from sheets of steel. Such transparency highlights the reactive nature of the process, a two-way conversation between the artist and the material that transforms the workaday into something metaphorical.
Solo exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2015); Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom (2014); and Musée de la Ville de Strasbourg, France (2010).