Richard Deacon

Film
May 2 – June 27, 2015

As part of Gallery Weekend Berlin, Galerie Thomas Schulte will present new works by Juan Uslé, paralleled in the Corner Space by a window piece by Richard Deacon. The window drawing is a continuation of Deacon’s wall drawings, created in the past decade, of which many were specifically designed and executed for Galerie Thomas Schulte. Twenty five years after incerting drawings into the window frames at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Deacon returns to the subjet by realizing drawings on glass with his work “Film”.

On the three panes of the display windows of the gallery’s nine meter high Corner Space, Richard Deacon has drawn a grid of closed horizontal and vertical lines with liquid chalk markers in a band, parted by the window frames. The whole work consists of three sequences, colour combination and patterns, forming an array of abstract images. Caught in the linear web, curves delineate a larger spatial body, tapering in the middle and expanding beyond the boundaries of the strip at either end. “Film” not only refers to the purely formal appearance of film strip, but to cinema, an event which unfolds in time. Materially a film is a thin layer – the intermediate zone separating two environments from each other.

Aspects of superimposition and crossfading, which are also elementary themes in Deacon’s sculptures, especially come to light in his window piece. The work, which constitutes a transparent layer between inside and outside, exists as a membrane between the empty interior of the gallery and the public, open space of the city. From the inside of the gallery, looking at the image, the viewer gazes through the drawing onto the outer world, thus being in front of and within the image.

Born in Bangor, Wales, in 1949, Richard Deacon has emerged as one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors. In addition to his work as an artist, Richard Deacon has held professorships at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and other institutions. Aside from numerous solo shows in museums in Europe, America and Asia, he has participated in many of the most significant survey exhibitions including the Carnegie International, documenta and Skulpturen Projekte Münster. His works may be found in leading collections all over the world, including the Tate Gallery (London), the Centre George Pompidou (Paris), the Reina Sofia (Madrid), The Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Sprengel Museum in Hannover.
Most recently, in spring 2014, his work was presented at Tate Britain in a major retrospective. Currently, Deacon is preparing a show for the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Swizzerland. Deacon is recipient of the 1987 Turner Prize and has been made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996. In 1997, he was awarded Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture in France, and was elected a Royal Academician in 1998. The Akademie der Künste in Berlin elected him a member in 2010.