This exhibition is enjoyable as much for the curatorial experience as it is for the art. Tate has made the bold move to avoid all but the scantest wall text. Interpretation is now confined to the free exhibition booklet. The result is a calm and contemplative atmosphere free of visual clutter and distraction - and from the bottlenecks of explanation-reading gallery-goers.
Renowned British sculptor Deacon creates large-scale work in natural, organic shapes. Reminiscent of snakes, insects and other fauna viewed up close, the forms are completely at odds with the materials used - laminated wood, steel and ceramic.
Describing himself as a ‘fabricator’, Deacon’s art tends to have a rough, hurried finish. Welds are sloppy and wood glue seeps from every nook and join. This somewhat undermines the works, which are fiendishly technical and cleverly conceived. An exception is the beautiful Fold, a stunning screen made from glazed ceramic, on display in the foyer and the star of the show.
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