Richard Deacon

British (Bangor, Wales, 1949)

Distance No Object

1988
sculpture | painted steel and copper
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  • Distance No Object

    Richard Deacon, Distance No Object, 1988; painted steel and copper, 103 in. x 147 in. x 240 in. (261.62 cm x 373.38 cm x 609.6 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Mimi and Peter Haas, Mrs. George Roberts, Mary W. Thacher, and Patricia and William Wilson III; © Richard Deacon


Distance No Object is an enormous, curved cylindrical tube constructed of ten circular segments of steel. The external framework defines a large void, which is in volume larger than the sum of his materials — a hallmark of Deacon's working method. The artist tends to leave the center space of his forms open or empty.

Most of Deacon's abstract sculptures allude to the senses in some way; Distance No Object focuses on sight. As it was originally installed in the sculpture court at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, one could either look at the piece (the traditional viewer-object relationship in art) or look through it. In the latter instance, distance is seen from the object; the sculpture itself is no longer a subject but rather provides the subject of one's view.


103 in. x 147 in. x 240 in. (261.62 cm x 373.38 cm x 609.6 cm)
Acquired 1989
Collection SFMOMA
Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Mimi and Peter Haas, Mrs. George Roberts, Mary W. Thacher, and Patricia and William Wilson III
© Richard Deacon
89.161

Tags

monumental, enormous, large scale, industrial, rivets, bolts, metal, tubes, ovals, tunnels, heavy, ribbed


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