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Michael Dean

concrete, silicon, steel, ink-stained paperback books 'Ilo Vey'

The Hepworth Wakefield


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Concrete, Silicon, Steel, Paperback book, Ink




190 x 100 x 70 cm

Accession Number:

WAKGM : A2.130


Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through its Special Partnership with the Henry Moore Foundation, supported by Cathy Wills, 2019/20

Ownership history:

Purchased from Herald Street Gallery, London by the Contemporary Art Society with the aid of the Henry Moore Foundation, supported by Cathy Wills, 2020; presented to The Hepworth, Wakefield, 2020
Michael Dean’s sculptures begin with his own writing, which he translates into physical human-size forms using readily available objects. In FFFFFFFFF (WORKING TITLE), 2017, paperback books are combined with industrial building materials such as concrete and steel that are manipulated into abstract assemblages. Dean refers to concrete as a ‘democratic ceramic’, and in doing so politicises this ubiquitous building material, destabilising hierarchies between high and low art.

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