Richard Deacon’s Paper-Play

In late 2011, Turner Prize winning British sculptor Richard Deacon was tucked away on a five-week residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. Having previously designed a permanent sculpture in Singapore’s Louis Vuitton Island, the Southeast Asian city seems to suit him well.

“Just before I came [to Singapore], I was in the underground station in London and I saw these things pasted on the wall with hazard warning tapes,” he said, “and I thought they had a kind of resonance with ideas about folding and interfering, mark-making, and ways of working with drawing, pattern, and shape.” With these caution-tape graphics in mind, as well as the 1400s German painter Konrad Witz (who often painted figures in folded robes), Deacon created sculptural wall reliefs with painted and rumpled handmade paper—equal parts painting and sculpture, bearing the signature marks of his ingenuity.

On view at Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Art Basel in Hong Kong - Booth 3C14, May 23rd – 26th.

Image courtesy of Singapore Tyler Print Institute/Richard Deacon.

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