Fluidity and Fixedness: A Conversation with Richard Deacon
by Rajesh Punj
Richard Deacon deliberates over a conversation as though it could become a physical
object pinned together by ideas, treating words almost like buildings blocks for
a sculpture. He explains everything as part of a process and sees materials and
language as the elemental skin and bones of his sculptures, allowing them to
make contact with the rest of the world. "SOME TIME," his recent exhibition at the
Middelheim Museum, allowed him to consider how that contact alters when a work is installed outside,
demonstrating the risk and potential rewards involved in negotiating the enormous intimacy of nature.
...see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.
Installation view of "SOME TIME" with
(left to right): Bikini, 1992, wood and
aluminum, 165 x 1200 x 350 cm.; Like
You Know, 2002, glazed ceramic, 80
x 135 x 114 cm.; and Body of Thought
#2, 1984, mixed media, 248 x 300 x