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Michael Dean

Forma published Michael Dean’s bookwork, mountains and triangles, as part of Other Plans, a project commissioned by Forma and curated by Simon Morrissey.

Michael Dean’s practice foregrounds the idea of text as an interface between the artist’s own experience and his audiences (displaced) experience of this in his work. His work takes the form of bookworks, posters and sculpture but keeps at its centre careful arrangements of evocative texts that suggest intimate fragments of lived experience. Dean both utilises the assumed ‘directness’ of text to communicate ideas and frustrates this through the use of existing and invented typefaces that serves to significantly slow the pace of the reader, delaying their absorption of the texts, or rendering the texts virtually unreadable.

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Photos: Adam Laycock


Michael Dean - mountains and triangles
Other Plans: bookworks by Juan Cruz and Michael Dean


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