Max Dean - Photo by Canada Council for the Arts, Henry Feather

Max Dean

United Kingdom 1949

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Art, Kinetic Art

Max Dean
Max Dean
United Kingdom
October 30, 2015
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Max Dean is a Canadian artist, known for more than 35 years for his performances, sculptures and installations.

Dean was born in Leeds, England. In 1971 he earned a B.A. at British Columbia University, majoring Art History. Dean’s early work was characterized by his performances with sculptures and a form that involved audience to participate, exploring the nature of trust and control. His interactive kinetic installations would made a perfect trio out of the artist, the spectator and the work.

Max Dean As Yet Untitled

Max Dean - As Yet Untitled, 1992–95. Installation view, 1997
Max Dean – As Yet Untitled, 1992–95. Installation view, 1997

By using the variety of media, Max made a rich portfolio containing robotic sculptures, performances, videos and variety of installations. He has been mixing both digital and analog technologies, working with ideas, concepts and even emotions visually.

His best known work is titled the Robotic Chair – it is a wooden chair with the capacity to fall apart and re-create itself again. Even almost 30 years after it was created for the first time (in 1984 in a collaboration with Raffaello D’Andrea and Matt Donovan) this chair continues Dean’s exploration of robotics and art, and its relationship.

Max Dean Robotic Chair

Max Dean - Robotic Chair, 1984
Max Dean – Robotic Chair, 1984

The artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, in Toronto.

Max Dean lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Featured image: Max Dean, photo by Canada Council for the Arts, Henry Feather
Other images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014I’m Late, I’m LateHarbourfront Centre, TorontoSolo
2013DroneLe Mois de la Photo a Montreal. Vox Gallery, MontrealGroup
2013OvercomePat’s Parade. Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, TorontoGroup
2012BuildersNational Gallery of CanadaGroup
2012Max DeanNicholas Metivier Gallery, TorontoSolo
2012Album, Waiting Room, FotoBug, AlbumA Public Project. AGOSolo
2011Traffic, Conceptual Art in CanadaHart House, Toronto (touring)Group
2009Max DeanNicholas Metivier Gallery, TorontoSolo
2008Caught in the ActNational Gallery of Canada. (Exhibition touring)Group
2007Runaway Bunny, nichola feldman kiss + Max DeanProjex Mtl, MontrealGroup
2006HeteropiasOttawa Art GalleryGroup
2006Unlimited ID: le portrait comme conceptDazibao, MontrealGroup
2006Crowds/Conversations/ConfessionsArt Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton Alterazioni, Museo Fotographiia Contemporanea, Cinsello Balsamo, ItalyGroup
2005Damage Done: Materializing the Photographic ImagePrefiix, TorontoGroup
2004Facing HistoryCanadian Cultural Centre, ParisGroup
2004SnapSusan Hobbs Gallery, TorontoSolo
2004Point and Shoot: Performance and PhotographyDazibao, MontrealGroup
2003The Bigger PictureOttawa Art Gallery, OttawaGroup
2003Future CinemaICC, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2003Future CinemaKiasma, Helsinki, FinlandGroup
2002Future CinemaZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2002The Found and the Familiar: Snapshots in Contemporary Canadian ArtGallery TPW, TorontoGroup
2002Max DeanNational Gallery of Canada, OttawaSolo
2002Max DeanOttawa Art Gallery, OttawaSolo
2002MistSusan Hobbs Gallery, TorontoSolo
2002IconoclashZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2001Facing HistoryPresentation House, VancouverGroup
2001Platea dell'umanitaLa Biennale di Venezia 49a Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, ItalyGroup
2001Quality ControlSite Gallery, Sheffield, EnglandGroup
2000Canadian StoriesYdessa Hendeles Art Foundation, TorontoGroup
2000Voici, 100 years of contemporary artPalais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2000Umedalen SkulpturUmeå, SwedenGroup
2000The Fifth ElementKunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2000Any MomentSusan Hobbs Gallery, TorontoSolo
1999Still LifeYork Quay Gallery, TorontoGroup
1999d'APERTuttoLa Biennale di Venezia 48a Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte, Venice, ItalyGroup
1996Prospect 96Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
1996As Yet UntitledArt Gallery of Ontario, TorontoSolo
1994Three Small RoomsMacLaren Art Centre, BarrieGroup
1992Masks and MetaphorMacLaren Art Centre, BarrieGroup
1992SkinsGeorgian College, BarrieSolo
1989Luminous SitesOr Gallery, VancouverGroup
1989GardensArtscourt, OttawaGroup
1987Memory/SouvenirThe Festival of the Arts, OttawaGroup
1986Artists in ResidenceThe National Museum of Science and Technology, OttawaGroup
1983The Berlin ProjectMontreal Museum of Fine Arts, MontrealGroup
1982O'KanadaAkademie der Künste, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1980Compass/WinnipegHarbourfront Art Gallery, TorontoGroup
1980PluralitiesNational Gallery of Canada, OttawaGroup
1980Form and PerformanceWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1978Obsessions, Rituals, ControlsNorman Mackenzie Art Gallery, ReginaGroup
1976The Mid WesternWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1976MosaicartCultural Olympics, MontrealGroup
1976Sculpture on the PrairiesWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1976Artists' Prints and MultiplesWinnipeg Art Gallery, WinnipegGroup
1976True ConfectionsBurnaby Art Gallery, BurnabyGroup
1975Royal Horse's Mouth PieceThe Dandelion Gallery, CalgaryGroup
1974SCAN (Survey of Canadian Art Now)Vancouver Art Gallery, VancouverGroup
1973Pacific VibrationsVancouver Art Gallery, VancouverGroup