Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Michael Dean
Bonded through unspoken language, artists Sam Anderson and Michael Dean form a complex relationship, which enables them to balance the synthesis of their work. Both work primarily in sculpture; their respective practices often lean to large-scale installations when works are shown together. Michael Dean’s works are abstract and at times representational — beginning with concrete and steel — the artist adds other elements such as linen, paper, and books to his pieces, a critical piece to his practice. Sam Anderson’s figurative works utilize long-standing formal traditions since the birth of sculpture. She too works with traditional materials such as clay, wood, and wire and often incorporates other elements such as light and sound into her pieces. Anderson’s practice extends beyond figurative sculpture to video and other mediums.
Sam Anderson was (b. 1982, Los Angeles, CA) received an MFA in sculpture from Yale University. She has had solo exhibitions at Sculpture Center, New York in 2017 and 2013. Other recent solo exhibitions include Big Bird, at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne in 2017, and The Lonely Bill at Rowhouse Project in Baltimore, 2016. Anderson’s films have been included in exhibitions at Anthology Film Archives, New York. The artist lives and works in New York City.
Michael Dean (b. 1977, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK) has been widely exhibited for nearly two decades. In 2019, Dean will have a solo exhibition at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Recent solo exhibitions include: the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, 2016. In 2017, Dean participated in Skulptur Projekt Münster, and in 2016, was nominated for the Turner Prize and was shortlisted for the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture in 2018. The artist lives and works in London.