Richard Deacon

I Left The Cake Out In The Rain

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Year 2020
Medium Ink, ash, PVA, coffee, and wine staining mounted on foam core
Dimensions 21 x 29.4 x 1 cm

About the work

I left the cake out in the rain…

Well, yes, I did leave it out in the rain. I’d been drawing on stained and distressed paper, so I thought I’d maltreat the sheet, leaving it out overnight in the garden weighed down with coffee grounds and ash, splashed with red wine. It rained and, after I’d washed it, the result was promising though the paper was fragile. The rest involved making moves to flatten it, damaging the surface, correcting the damage and staining it some more. The curl was persistent, and I backed it with three layers before I eventually had a flat sheet, somewhat thicker! I like the way the thickness becomes a part of the drawing. All a bit like putting a cake together really.

RICHARD DEACON 7 January 2021

About the artist:

Born 1949 Bangor, Richard Deacon lives and works in London. Graduated from BA St. Martin’s School of Art, and MA Environmental Media from the Royal College of Art, London.

Richard Deacon is a sculptor. His first one-man show was held in Brixton in 1978.   In the 1980s his work gained international recognition and has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world. He has finished many large-scale public commissions in countries across, most recently, in 2016, Grove, in Tokyo. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1987, elected to the Royal Academy in 1998 and to the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin in 2010.

His works are held in public and private collections including Arts Council of Great Britain, London; British Council Collection, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Contemporary Art Society, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton; University of Warwick, London; and the Tate Collection, London.

Selected solo exhibitions include Deep State, Lisson Gallery, London (2019); Family, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2019); House and Garden, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2019); Richard Deacon, Beijing Commune Gallery, (2018); Richard Deacon – Foundation Studies, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris (2018); Richard Deacon – Thirty Pieces, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris (2017); Richard Deacon – What You See Is What You Get, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego (2017); Out of Line-Drawings: 1968-2016, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2016); Flat Earth, Lisson Gallery, Milan (2016); This is where ideas come from, Wolfson College, Cambridge (2015); Richard Deacon, Tate Britain, London (2014); Associations, Lisson Gallery, London (2012); The Missing Part, Sprengel Museum, Hanover (2011); and Out of Order, Tate, St. Ives (2005). Selected group exhibitions include Sculpture Projects Pingyao, Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao, Jinzhong, Shanxi (2019); The Matter in Harmony, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2018); Coming Out, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2018); Richard Deacon RA Selects, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); Utopias/Heterotopia, Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Wuzhen (2016); Found, Foundling Hospital, London (2016); Here We Go: A Changing Group Show, Karsten Schubert, London (2013); Art Now: Beating the Bounds, Tate Britain, London (2009); and The Eye of the Storm, Parco la Mandria, Turin (2000). Deacon has curated exhibitions including Abstract Drawing, Drawing Room, London (2014); Garth Evans at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2014); and Image & Idol, Tate Britain, London (2001).

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