Image: Cover
(Bangor, Wales, 1949 - )

Cover , 1990

Medium density fiberboard, wood and copper
72 in. x 132 in. x 48 in. (182.88 cm x 335.28 cm x 121.92 cm)
Museum Acquisition Fund and The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture
1991.115 a,b
surface detail
surface detail
installation view
Though Deacon rarely works from sketches, the overall contour of Cover is based on a drawing he made of Laurasia, one of the hypothetical primordial land masses from which our current five continents divided. The bumpy, grid-like skin of Cover brings to mind natural organisms and geological surfaces as well as manufactured objects.  Deacon’s ambiguity suggests an unwillingness to believe that there is one “right” meaning, a trait central to much of the art of the 1980s and 1990s.
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