By Amina Nazarli
Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Center will host a personal exhibition by British sculptor Richard Deacon.
The exhibition, to run until July 15, will feature up to 50 works of the famous sculptor.
The unique master’s monumental and relatively small works made of wood, metal and ceramics, as well as from organic materials, created with high accuracy, will be put on display.
The Turner prize-winning sculptor likes to describe himself as a "fabricator", in that he makes things in which he places an emphasis on the construction and the manipulation of materials.
“The sculptures are abstract, but hopefully not threatening,” he said. "What is the meaning? There isn't a straightforward answer to that question. But it's not meaningless."
For over 40 years of creativity, Deacon quickly made a name for himself as an artist deeply committed to material.
He works with ceramics, metal, wood, resin, paper, glass, plastic, leather and cloth and is a self-proclaimed fabricator. His sculptures never seek to hide technical operations behind them, including assemblage, riveting, torsion, stretching, folding or strapping.
The creator of approximately thirty monumental-sized sculptures designed for urban or natural settings, Richard Deacon has also produced a multitude of medium-sized sculptures, works ranging from the human body’s scale to workshop height and smaller formats.
His pieces are a direct invitation into the physical experience of sculpted object and a sensitive approach to material, their modes of fabrication and setting.