Belt and Braces, 2016
Hand-thrown glazed porcelain
24 x 6.5 x 4.5cm approx.
Edition of 12
The multiple was made by throwing, in porcelain, a set of identical waisted cylinders, each having the same diameter top and bottom. These provided the building blocks. When the porcelain of the module was stiff, but still workable, sections were cut and rejoined so that both top and bottom surface are continuous, a smooth flowing rippling line bounding the form, whilst there are discontinuities in the middle section as it alternates between a bellied and a bowed form. The glazing was done after an initial firing and both top and bottom surfaces were wiped clean of glaze. This means that the line of continuity is matt (or dry) and the inside and outside surfaces are glossy (or wet). I suppose it was the affinity to a line of belt loops around the form that made me think that Belt And Braces was an appropriate title but there is a certain doubling up implied which suggests that the top and bottom surfaces are equal.
Richard Deacon was born in Bangor, Wales, UK in 1949 and lives and works in London, UK. He has a BA from St Martin’s School of Art, London, 1972 and an MA in Environmental Media from the Royal College of Art, London, 1977. Solo exhibitions include Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2016, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, 2015; Tate Britain, London, 2014; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 2011; Musée de la Ville de Strasbourg, France, 2010; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA, 2001; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1989. He represented Wales at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and has participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2012, Glasgow International, 2006 and Documenta 9, Kassel, Germany 1992. He won the Turner Prize in 1987 and the Robert Jakobsen Prize, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany in 1995. He was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Ministry of Culture, France in 1996 and made a CBE in 1999.
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