Tate St Ives
14 May – 25 September 2005
Richard Deacon is acknowledged as one of the principal British sculptors, exhibiting internationally since the 1980s. Tate St Ives brings this significant British artist to Cornwall for the first time. Deacon is best known for his interest in materials and their manipulation and for his innovative use of open form. His works, on both a domestic and monumental scale, use simple organic shapes to explore the ideas of language and the senses. Especially commissioned for the unique spaces at Tate St Ives, Deacon will present a new display of wooden forms in the curved sea-facing gallery and a new group of ceramics for the Sculpture Court.
German-born Paul Feiler (b.1918) paints abstract and highly concentrated works with thick, luxuriously textured brushstrokes of colour. Associated with the St Ives painters since the 1940s, he works with a restricted range of geometric forms, the canvas bearing the marks of the artist’s activity. His paintings are careful constructions of space and light, with a tension and purity that lead naturally to simplification. The exhibition reveals some of the themes that Feiler returns to, such as the awareness of what is hidden and the translation of the artists visual experience onto canvas.
The English draughtsman, photographer and film maker Tacita Dean is best known for her compelling 16mm films. Her works investigate the themes of notions of time, memory or nautical elements, playing with the blurred identities of mysterious people or things. The meanings and associations the sea has always fascinated Dean, and her films often feature water under different conditions, in images of the coast where land meets the sea and the sea mirrors the sky.