Christopher Paul Dean
My practice is focused on employing manual and theoretical labour as a means to investigate relationships developed between humans and objects. Through this focus, it is my objective to use a range of processes and materials to construct work, including sculpture, painting, textiles, language and digital media, that explores and disrupts historical rules, bodily interactions, and preconceived frameworks. Each object I create, no matter the form, reflects a keen interest in utilising art as a device to distort, clarify, deconstruct, reconstruct, expand and renew. For several years I have gravitated towards universally utilised signs associated with standardised accident prevention. With a focus on appropriating the visual lexicon of readymade safety markers, including caution stripes and barricade patterns, I use reconfiguration as a device to create work that expands our experiences with these familiar patterns, colours and materials. Within the landscape of my practice, the formal qualities of these readymade materials are able to exist simultaneously as both a symbol of safety and also as work of Art. Christopher Paul Dean was born an hour north of London in Milton Keynes, England. Dean has an Undergraduate Degree in Contemporary Applied Arts from the University of Hertfordshire (England), and a Masters Degree in Sculpture from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. Since 2010 Dean has worked as an Artist Assistant in Denmark (Folk Art School, Holbæk), Detroit (Cranbrook Academy of Art), Atlanta and Mexico (U.S Consulate, Monterrey). As well as managing his own studio in Dallas, TX, Dean is also lead assistant to multimedia Artist Gabriel Dawe. Dean has exhibited in numerous locations including London, NYC, Dallas, multiple locations in GA and in 2017 showed work at UNTITLED as part of Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2020, Dean was awarded a commission for a large-scale installation to be on permanent display at Georgia Tech Campus Safety Building.