Work1 Title: Untitled Volcano (Birth by Averaging) Year: 2015 Materials: acrylic on synthetic canvas, rod Dimensions: H 119 W 250 D 3 Work2 Title: Mal Occhio Year: 2010 Materials: acrylic on synthetic canvas, rod Dimensions: H 246 W 125 D 3 Work3 Title: Exegesis 2 Year: 2015 Materials: acrylic on synthetic canvas, rods Dimensions: H 119.5 W 30.5 D 4 Work4 Title: Madam I’m Adam Year: 2010 Materials: acrylic on synthetic canvas Dimensions: H 66 W 280 D 1 Work5 Title: Vlad from the Quick Response Squadron Year: 2011 Materials: Coroplast, Signfoam, acrylic, vinyl graphic applique, aluminum rod Dimensions: H 26 W 96 D 162
About “Richard Deon: Paradox & Conformity”
What’s the Deal?
My seventh grade social studies instructor issued me a peculiar American History textbook. When I opened it, I discovered that a student from a prior year had defaced the illustrations. Mustaches and eyeglasses were drawn on historical figures; warplanes and speedboats were added to narratives like the Boston Tea Party. Delighted with this unexpected comic book, I took editorial control and began extending the illustrations by including unexpected content into the margins. By adding buildings, unknown objects, and creating new scenes I “doodled” my own Manifest Destiny. Within a few weeks, I was disciplined and issued a clean textbook, a bill, and a stern warning.
The Story Goes On
Using a stare decisis policy [Latin for based-on-precedent] over the last 25 years, Paradox & Conformity is much like the defaced illustrations of my formative years. A branding process utilizes a toolbox of recursive themes. Through deliberate erasure of context, “point of view” is obfuscated as if in a dream.
Art-making is commensurate with exhibition-making. Circus-size installations of paintings, banners, prints, and sculptures leave clues about far fetched stories, or unbelievable presentations. Civic-minded characters from another era illustrate a kind of social surrealism. Each new Paradox & Conformity exhibition is a chapter in an imaginary textbook that continues without end.
—Richard Deon, 6/22/15
2015 Paradox & Conformity: Paintings, Prints & Planes by Richard Deon Broward College, Davie, FL. (5/28-8/12) Lecture
2014 Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY. (9/9-10/3) Lecture
2013 Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity Moberly Community College, Moberly, MO.
2012 Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT.
2011 Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY.
2011 Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. (9/3–10/21) Lecture
2010 Paradox and Conformity: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon, Olin Art Gallery, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA.
2010 Paradox and Conformity: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.
2009 Paradox and Conformity: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO. Catalog
2009 Stare Decisis: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY.
2008 Paradox and Conformity for 20 Years: Paintings and Prints by Richard Deon, Gibson Gallery, SUNY at Potsdam, NY. Lecture
2007 Selections from Part Unrelated The New York Public Library, Donnell Center, New York, NY.
2007 Paradox and Conformity: the Paintings of Richard Deon, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY.
2005 Richard Deon Recent Work James Palmer Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.
2014 Beacon Steet Banners Beacon, NY waterfront location. Produced by the Rutigliano Group (5/14-10/15)
2012 American Dreamers: Facing or Escaping Reality in Contemporary Art, CCC Strozzina, Florence, Italy. Catalog, TV Interview
2009 Debut: New to the Collection Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO. (6/19–8/23)
Public Art Commissions
2011 Billboard sponsors: SGC International/Good Citizen Gallery, Saint Louis, MO.
Place: Dover Plains, NY