Michael Dean
may – july 2016

Fondazione Giuliani is pleased to present its upcoming exhibition, a solo presentation by British artist Michael Dean.

Michael Dean adopts different modes of expression in his work, involving sculpture, writing, performance and photography, often developed and united within text-based installations. The cornerstone to his research is a visual analysis of language that stems from the tradition of the written word. Multiple material configurations are developed and can present themselves as physical objects dominated by an apparent lightness that demystifies the weight and raw nature of the materials used: particularly concrete and steel. The complex spatiality of Dean’s theoretical and material investigation determines an inextricable relationship with the experience of the exhibition in physical space.

The Stamen Papers draw on a botanical vocabulary (the stamen is the pollen producing part of a flower, composed of filament and anther) for both the significance and structure of the installation that Dean has developed specifically for the spaces of Fondazione Giuliani. For Stamen Papers, his work health (Working Title) produced originally for his solo exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds in 2012 is installed as an anthered filament for a stamen based delivery of previous exhibition based pages.

The Pollen, a new work published on occasion of Stamen Papers will be available in diminishing form.

As of May 12th of this year Michael Dean was shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2016.

Michael Dean (born Newcastle upon Tyne, 1977) lives and works in London. In the fall of 2016, his solo show will open at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. A selection of recent institutional exhibitions include: Sic Glyphs, South London Gallery (2016); Qualities of Violence, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam and Jumping Bones, Extra City Kunstal, Antwerp (2015); HA HA HA HA HA HA, Kunst Forum Ludwig, Aachen, The Upper Room, David Zwirner (with Fred Sandback), London (2014); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Cubitt, London (2012); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2012). Group exhibitions include: Albert the Kid Is Ghosting, David Roberts Art Foundation, London and Sculptures Also Die, CCC Strozzina, Florence (2015); The Noing Uv It, Bergen Kunsthall, MIRRORCITY, The Hayward Gallery, London, Manners of Matter, Salzburg Kunstverein (2014); A History of Inspiration, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013).