ArtBeat: Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity @ ACCR, Troy [Get Visual]

Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity (Photo by Richard Deon)

Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity (Photo by Richard Deon)

By David Brickman

You probably remember the Richard Dreyfuss character in the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” whose obsession with a curious monolithic shape takes over his life. Another Richard D. has a similar obsession, as evidenced by a fascinating solo exhibition at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy titled Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity.

The show represents an extremely adept artist with a conceptualist’s thought processes, an installation artist’s approach, and an illustrator’s skill, who is not afraid to employ a wide range of media (acrylic on canvas, sculpture, collage, inkjet) to articulate his vision. And a rather peculiar vision it is, drawing heavily from elementary-school primers, historical references, and ideas about painting and corporate culture, just to name a few obvious influences.

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