A series of readings by Michael Dean and Chris Sharp
Michael Dean: Government talks series
25th April 2012
Galleries 1, 2 and 3, 5pm

Michael Dean
Hands at 'government (Working Title)'

Courtesy of the artist, Herald St, London and Supportico Lopez, Berlin

Single, precise words are always the starting point for Michael Dean.  Writing is an essential part of his work: his sculptures are accompanied by intimate, observational texts exploring the object qualities of words.  Like government papers, these pages are subjective policies, documents written with a specific thought in mind that, once distributed, becomes subject to interpretation by others. Government, Dean's first museum solo exhibition presented in Galleries 1, 2 and 3, quotes from and transforms the Institute's galleries.

During the exhibition Dean has invited four artists to make use of the exhibition space in events that use sculptures as projection screens and sound stages. Placing the spoken word in space is, for Dean, as much a sculpture as any object. In this first event, Michael Dean gives a series of readings with fellow artist Chris Sharp. Other artists appearing in this events series include Franziska Lantz, Ed Atkins and Becky Beasley.

Michael Dean studied at Goldsmiths College between 1998 and 2001. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Europe, including at Kunsthalle Frieburg in Germany, the Zabludowicz Collection in London, Nomas Foundation in Rome, MAK in Vienna and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Riga. 

Chris Sharp was born in the US and lives and works in Paris. His writing has appeared in Art Review, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Art Monthly, among other magazines. He recently co-curated with Joanna Fiduccia The Zero Budget Biennial,and Under Destruction, with Gianni Jetzer - a survey of destruction in contemporary art, at the Tinguely Museum, Basel and the Swiss Institute, New York.  Sharp is currently working on A Necessarily Incomplete Anthology of Withdrawal, with Archive Books, Berlin.

The Henry Moore Institute is open until 8pm on Wednesday evenings.

This event is free, but advance booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please contact Kirstie Gregory (Research Assistant):

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