Richard Deacon: Assembly
Richard Deacon’s Assembly is an exhibition of seven large, brilliantly-colored ceramic sculptures installed on the park’s lawns. Deacon transforms public art by manipulating a variety of materials in an innovative use of open form. His work is recognized for its found-object sensibility and virtuoso celebration of craft. Deacon’s sculptures are constructed from laminated wood, stainless steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and leather — materials the artist wields into bent forms and fluid constructions. Deacon’s work often assumes architectural scale. The artist overcomes the ruggedness of industrial construction to form work with graceful form and layered meaning.
His exploration of clay and ceramics as sculptural materials, the forefront focus of Assembly, brings seven new pieces created over the last year at the Niels Dietrich ceramic studio in Cologne, Germany to the park. The Assembly series is a group of four large-scale variations on geometric form, each presenting richly glazed and patterned ceramics that playfully respond to the physicality of the viewer and the whimsy of daily life.