It’s rare to look at a drawing and think you’re looking at a painting. It’s even rarer to look at a work on paper and think you’re in the presence of a sculpture.
That’s what happens at L.A. Louver, where British artist Richard Deacon is having his fifth solo show in Los Angeles. Among the most talented sculptors working today, the protean artist uses materials in such unexpected ways that his works make you shed expectations and see the world with fresh eyes.
In Deacon’s last four exhibitions, he has used clay, titanium and rubber, as well as wood, bronze and aluminum, to make wonderfully puzzling, sensually satisfying and intellectually invigorating sculptures. This time around he focuses his considerable energies on paper, transforming that common material into three uncommonly beautiful bodies of work.
Nine monochrome and duotone screen-prints enact caterpillar-to-butterfly moments when lines become shapes and shapes become spaces and our knowledge of things bumps up against their sensuality.