Richard Deacon ‘If the Shoe Fits’ – Analysis
The sculpture, If the Shoe fits, by artist Richard Deacon is interpreted as a very intellectual abstract work of art by many. The piece is made completely of steel; that was cut, shaped and attached with rivets and screws. The sculpture was created in 1981, in London, UK. It still remains in London, located at the Tate Gallery. If the Shoe fits was inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘Sonnets to Orpheus’. Stated in a summary by the Tate Gallery, “Richard Deacon was interested in the way, in which Rilke used ordinary language to create profoundly metaphorical poetry.” This gave Deacon the inspiration to use “metaphorical poetry” in his art work. The large metal sculpture is approximately 1600 x 3250 x 1840mm in size. Quite large enough for viewers to walk around and analyze it from all angles and sides. One end of the sculpture curves up, with a flat side underneath. The opposite end is stable on the floor, going upward supporting a flat circular area. In the middle of that area is a hole, which can be described as a tunnel. Between the two ends, there is a loop that’s connected to both sides. The perimeter of the entire piece is a ruffle like surface. The sculpture is silver, with some dual and shiny areas. If you look close enough at a picture of the piece you can see circles or little dots that may be the screws. The overall shape of the sculpture is a round, wide, and curvy structure. The art work utilizes several different elements that contribute to the overall impact of the sculpture. The steel is manipulated in many ways to changes the color, light, texture, plane, volume and space. Light and color are being utilized at the same time. The steel in this piece shows off at least four different shades or colors. The steel being manipulated in a ruffle texture on the outer layers of the region creates affect for it to be reflected by light. This...
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