MICHAEL DEAN at South London Gallery / London

18 MAR – 22 MAY

Michael Dean works across sculpture, photography, drawing and performance, all of which are rooted in his writing and the publication of his work as text in both exhibition and book form. For his solo show at the South London Gallery, Dean presents a new shore of a text in an installation conceived for the SLG’s main space. Concrete, naked steel reinforcement (rebar) and other do-it-yourself materials invoke the physical reality of contemporary urban surfaces.

Works are encountered in an intimate experience that centres viewers as protagonists in what the artist describes as a “typographical texty field or a fXXXing forest​ of physically abstracted versions of my writing”.  Dean’s explicit intention is for it to matter that it’s you who walks in through the door: that you are so much more than the reader of the text.