Fast-moving contemporary British artist Michael Dean explores different relationships between the word as idea and the word as material form in his sculptural and, at times, photo-based works. His newest artist book, Now Leaves, scaled to the human hand—about the same size and weight along with a similarly flexible structure—feels alive. The newsprint-light pages fall loosely apart to reveal dense black graphics; the letters, shaped as tongues and twisted to form a barely legible word, “leaves,” are inscribed repeatedly. Dean’s work, which also includes poetry, short plays and performances, has been exhibited recently at Cubitt, London; Kunstverein Freiburg; and Nomas Foundation, Rome. Austrian- British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said that in principle there can be no such thing as a private language—an untranslatable lexicon of which only one person can make sense. According to Michael Dean, in practice the opposite would seem to be the case.
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches / 640 pp / Full b&w
Retail Price: $25.00
WYSING ARTS CENTRE, ENGLAND