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.
Dean says of his practice, ‘The work creates an axis, or dialectic position across two planes of evidence: the artist in response to a taxonomy of indexical/residual patterns, and the audience in response to the artists redelivery of this through text. Operating in isolation from each other artist and audience coordinate a landscape of reproduced experience.’
Dean studied Fine Art Practice and Contemporary Critical Theory at
Goldsmiths College, London (1998-2001) and since his graduation has exhibited throughout Europe. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 1977 and currently lives and works in London.
Photos: Adam Laycock
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