Richard DeaconBritish (Bangor, Wales, 1949)
Distance No Object
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.