Bill Woodrow’s recent exhibition at the Royal Academy and Richard Deacon’s new exhibition at the Tate are events broached by a discussion between the two sculptors which took place on the 14th of February. During the discussion, Deacon spoke out against the title of William Tucker’s book The Language of Sculpture, intimating that this implied that sculpture is something which can be learnt and ‘spoken’ when in fact it is something which cannot be expressed. Both artists also spoke—what might seem on the surface paradoxically—about their interest in the idea of narrative; that narrative was something which was disdained by their teachers and by the sculptors immediately preceding them. These remarks, which shone through from their slightly awkward conversation, go a long way toward explicating how the two approach form and materials.
By Daniel Fraser.