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 utilise a wide 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 safety markers, including caution stripes and barricade patterns, I utilise reconfiguration as a device to create work that expands our experiences with materials and signs that exist within the realm of safety. 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). Dean currently lives and works in Dallas, and is lead studio 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 SCAD at Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2020 Dean was awarded a commission for a large-scale installation to be on permanent display at Georgia Tech Police Campus Safety Building.