Like a Baby
Wood, epoxy and stainless steel
166 × 73 × 63.5 cm / 5ft 5 3/8 × 2ft 4 3/4 × 2ft 1 ins
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Our chosen Work of the Month is 'Like a Baby' by Richard Deacon. Deacon is renowned for his inventive use of a wide range of media, often manipulating natural materials - such as wood - so that they behave unnaturally. In this respect, 'Like a Baby' is typical of much of his sculpture but the thickness of the steamed and twisted timber he has used, makes this work a particularly extraordinary achievement. Deacon has often combined bent wood with steel to great lyrical effect. Unlike the monumental and dramatic works such as 'Laocoon' and 'After' made in the 1990s, however, 'Like a Baby' is a tighter, more contained and discrete sculpture of human scale. It nonetheless suggests the potential for movement, the constricted wood is kept under tension but looks as if it might unfurl at any moment if it were allowed to do so. The glue used to join the work’s components is clearly visible, which along with pencil marks and notations, is left as part of the sculpture's overall finish. Indeed, Deacon has famously referred to himself as 'fabricator' and his works often reveal the means of their construction.
Richard Deacon (b. 1949) is recognised internationally as one of the most important and influential sculptors of his generation. He studied at St Martin's and the Royal College of Art and won the Turner Price in 1987. A major survey of his work will open at Tate Britain in February this year and other solo exhibitions include the Sprengel Museum, Hannover; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; MACCSI, Caracas; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. He was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in 1996 and made a CBE in 1999.
Richard has exhibited at the New Art Centre on a number of occasions in the past and we will show his sculptures in glass, made in collaboration with Bill Woodrow, in the gallery at Roche Court this summer from 31 May to 6 July. For further information please click here.
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