Room 2

One of Deacon’s favoured materials is laminated wood, which he began using in 1980. He built up thin strips of wood to make complex, linear forms, creating lyrical works which articulate a balance between sensuous organic curves and their precisely engineered construction. The sculptures often explore the interface between interior and exterior, surface and edge, form and image. The titles of these works encourage a more metaphorical reading, while their materiality remains grounded in everyday life.

Richard Deacon, Untitled 1981; metal schulpture

Richard Deacon, Untitled 1981
© Richard Deacon

Untitled 1981
Laminated wood
2270 x 2770 x 1300 mm
LaM, Lille Métropole musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut, Villeneuve d’Ascq

Tall Tree In The Ear 1984
Galvanised steel, laminated wood and canvas
3080 x 1050 x 2050 mm
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

Blind, Deaf And Dumb A 1985
Wood, glue and steel
3124 x 8737 x 990 mm
Kröller – Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands