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Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Michael Dean, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA
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Borrowing instruments and strategies from the practices of the sculptor, the writer and the typographer, British artist Michael Dean investigates the relationship between text and physicality. Exploring the three-dimensional possibilities of language, Dean often ‘spells out’ his words through an alphabet of human-scale shapes, employing industrial and everyday materials such as concrete, steel, MDF, padlocks and dyed books of his writings.

While the transmutation of language is particularly important to Dean’s practice, his sculptures are not intended to be read as words, but rather to be identified as an element of language in their own form and imagined as a word or idea. He attributes a physical form to a personally developed language, based on a series of typographic alphabets, which he designs himself.

Addressing the timeless subject of human intimacy, references to the human body are recurrent throughout Dean’s works. Casts of his and his children's fists, limbs and fingers with drilled out eye holes and tongue muscles appear among the forms. The latter of these is particularly emblematic of Dean’s overlapping interest in touch and language, since it is the part of the body which can feel, as well as taste, and which also molds words before they leave our mouths.

Michael Dean (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1977) lives and works in London. 
His most recent solo exhibitions include Having you on, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); Analogue LOL, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai (2018); Four Fucksakes, Herald St | Museum St, London (2017); Teaxths and Angeruage, Portikus, Frankfurt (2017); Sightings: Michael Dean or Lost True Leaves, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016) and Qualities of Violence, De Appel, Amsterdam (2015).

Additionally, his work has been included in institutional group exhibitions such as The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield (2018); Against The Wall?, S.M.A.K., Ghent (2018); Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, Münster (2017); Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London (2016); Sculptures Also Die, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, (2015); Mirror City, Hayward Gallery London, London (2014) and A History of Inspiration, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013). 



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Education
Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom

Solo Shows
2019

Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Michael Dean, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, USA
Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico 
Laughing for Crying, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Ireland
2018
Having you on, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom 
Analogue LOL, ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai, China
2017
Four Fucksakes, Herald St | Museum St, London, United Kingdom 
Teaxths and Angeruage, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany 
2016
Sightings: Michael Dean or Lost True Leaves, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, USA
Michael Dean: Sic Glyphs, South London Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Stamen Papers, Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, Italy
2015
The Stamp of anything or that part which never bears leaves or reproductive organs, ordinary underneath and descending, and to absorb, but often upon, often from other parts, often serving other functions, though morphologically comparable, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Look at them fuck them fucking laughing, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
Qualities of Violence, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jumping Bones, Extra City, Kunsthal Antwerp, Belgium
2014
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
Dans l’attente d’autre chose (meanwhile, this is it), Aimable, Paris, France
Uo, with Henri Chopin, Supportico Lopez, Art Basel (Focus), Basel, Switzerland
Sharing Space, with Fred Sandback, David Zwirner, London, United Kingdom
2013
The introduction of muscle, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sounds of Fucking, Sounds of Dying, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
nnnhnnh nnh nnhnnnhu nnhnhn, Pied-à-terre, San Francisco, United States
Hah Ahahahahaha ha Hahaha, Herald St, London, United Kingdom
2012               
Thoughts, Cubitt, London, United Kingdom
Government, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom
Architecture of a mother’s arms, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
2011               
Cope, Herald St, London, United Kingdom
State of being apart in space, Kunstverein, Freiburg, Germany
Acts of Grass, Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Colour of Public, Kim?, Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
Our Daily Permanence, Fruit, Flowers and clouds: MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Art, Vienna, Austria
About Painting, ABC, Berlin, Germany  
2010
Our Daily Permanence, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
The look of touch, Lorcan O’neil, Rome, Italy
Face, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
Symmetry of Intimacy, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, United Kingdom
The Floor is the Object, INDEPENDENT, New York, USA
Tolerance, Scaramouche, New York, USA
V, Ancient & Modern, London, United Kingdom
2009
Near to no attention to fears and without anything between the opposite of tears, works|projects, Bristol, United Kingdom
2008
Her body in the same place as my body, Alessandro De March, Milan, Italy
You can’t reflect in the distance and you don’t reflect distances towards you closing, Feurig59, Berlin, Germany
2007
All the trees bend this way, Guestroom, London, United Kingdom

Group Shows

2018

Scripts, Bielefder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
Give Up The Ghost, Baltic Triennial 13, Talinn
Art Hall, Estland Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
Against The Wall?, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
Raymond, Manifesta 12, Grand Hotel et Des Palmes, Palermo, Italy
Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, United Kingdom
Alexandra Bircken, Josh Brand, Matthew Darbyshire, Michael Dean, Cary Kwok, Amalia Pica, Nicole Wermers, Herald Street/Museum Street, London, United Kingdom
2017
Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, Münster, Germany 
More Than Just Words [On the Poetic], Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria 
Neither. , Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, Belgium
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium 
50th Anniversary of Tombeau pour cinq cent mille soldats by Pierre Guyotat, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, France
Markers, David Zwirner, London, United Kingdom
2016
Tudo Joia, Bergamin & Gomide, São Paulo, Brazil
Part Tibi, Roma, Nihil, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
Turner Prize, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom
Pierre Guyotat: La matière de nos oeuvre, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris, France
Pure Fiction, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
Concrete Islands, Kayne Griffin Corcorran, Los Angeles, USA
House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
2015
The Registry of Promise: The Promise of Literature, Soothsaying and Speaking in Tongues, De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
Beautiful Monsters, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Qwaypurlake, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, United Kingdom
Albert The Kid Is Ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Til the stars turn cold, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Speaking Parts, Raven Row, London, United Kingdom
Sculptures Also Die, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, Italy
Safe, Home,Manchester, United Kingdom
Markus Amm | Alexandra Bircken | Michael Dean, Herald St – Golden Sq, London, United Kingdom
2014
The Noing Uv It, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
The Library Vaccine, Artist Space, New York, USA
The Word Today Serves No One Except To Say To The Grocer Give Me A Pound Of Lentils, Supportico Lopez, Berlin, Germany
Mirror City, Hayward Gallery London, London, United Kingdom
Itself Not So, Lisa Cooley, New York, USA
Essential Loneliness, Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland
The Mystic Gardener, Bonnefanten Hedge House, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Till the stars turn cold, S1, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Le musée d’une nuit (script for leaving traces), Propos d’Europe 13, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, France
Manners of Matter, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Let Us Mix,Chance & Choice - The Salon, Kim?, Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia
A Thousand Doors, Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece
Everything is About to Happen (An ongoing archive of artists’ books), Corvi-Mora and Grengrassi, London, United Kingdom
Annals of the Twenty-Ninth Century, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom
To continue. Notes towards A Sculpture Cycle, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
Bard girls can fly, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, USA
Mediating Landscape, Sala Murat, Bari, Italy
2013
Sister Sara's Theme, Prism, Los Angeles, USA
A History of Inspiration, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Taktilitet, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Camera's Blind Spot, MAN Museum, Sardinia, Italy
Testing ground: Disappearing into one, Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom
2012
Pale Ontology, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, USA
From Stavanger with love, Galleri Opdahl, Stravanger, Norway
Accidentally on Purpose, QUAD, Derby, United Kingdom
Soundworks, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
A Reader of Materials and a Writer of Forms, MOT International, Brussels, Belgium
The Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time, A project by Andy Holden, Cubitt, London, United Kingdom
2011
Beyond the Fragile Geometry of Sculpture, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands
We Will Live, We Will See, Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom
Two Figures in Dense Violet Night, with Becky Beasley, Lido Projects, St Leonards-on Sea, United Kingdom
A Fire in the Masters House is Set, Chapter, Cardiff, United Kingdom
Hieroglyphos, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
Friendship of the Peoples, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Bold Tendencies, London, United Kingdom
Young London, V22, London, United Kingdom
Nothing Personal, Marcelle Alix, Paris, France
Part of the Process 4, Zero, Milan, Italy
No colour in your cheeks unless the wind lashes your face, IOP, United Kingdom and France
Mind Games, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, USA
A Dying Artist, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom
2010
The Daily Exhaustion: The Exhibition of Artist Publications, The Future, Berlin, Germany
Volume One: Props, Events and Encounters, The Hub, Athens, Greece
The Concrete Show, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Sculpture, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, United Kingdom
Our Blindsides (with Becky Beasley), Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, United Kingdom
V, (with Andrew Lord), Ancient and Modern, London, United Kingdom
Syndrome, Le Magazin, Grenoble, France
Zero Budget Biennial, Rokeby, London, United Kingdom
Fade into you, Herald St, London, United Kingdom
Les Sculptures Meurent Aussi, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France
Chasm, The Dictionary of Received Ideas, London, United Kingdom
2009
Fallen, Jan Mol, London, United Kingdom
The young On Paper, Wendt and Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Punctuation Marks: text and language in modern British sculpture, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, United Kingdom
The young people visiting our ruins see nothing but a style, GAM Museum of Modern Art, Turin, Italy
A Corpes & a Textes, La Galerie, Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris, France
Sculpture Show, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Black Sun, Souterrain, Berlin, Germany
2008
Rehearsal Room, FormContent, London, United Kingdom
Intervention/Decoration, Foreground Projects, Frome, United Kingdom
Italia Italie Italien Italy Wlochy, ARCOS Museum of Contemporary Art Sannio, Benevento, Italy
The mythology of everyday matters, Bilton Centre for Contemporary Art, Red Deer, Canada
Your ramp my slide, FormContent, London, United Kingdom
2007
Yours, T293, Naples, Italy
This is the time (and this is the record of the time), E-Static, Turin, Italy

Awards
2014
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Arts

展覽
Neither.
Curated by Fernanda Brenner
Michael Dean The Stamp of Anything or That part which never bears leaves or reproductive organs, ordinarily underneath and descending, and serving to absorb, but often upon, often from other parts, often serving other functions, though morphologically comparable.
Michael Dean Sounds of Fucking, Sounds of Dying
出版物
Now Leaves Michael Dean
2015
Michael Dean: Selected Writings Michael Dean
2012
An Introduction to the Principles of Symmetrical Intimacy Vol. I / Michael Dean And The Authors Michael Dean
2011
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