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Max Dean

Max Dean is a Toronto-based artist who has been producing works of significance for over 35 years. His performances, sculptures and installations explore the complex relationship between the artist, the spectator and the work. His interactive kinetic installations that explore the nature of trust and control.

Deanás early performance-based works evolved into sculptures that require audience participation; for example, the works are activated by the presence of the viewer who has the ability to affect the final outcome either indirectly, by triggering a sensor, or directly, by participating in the making of the work. The objects he employs are often extensions of the human body, such as tools and furniture.

Deanás work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibition highlights include the dAPERTutto at the Venice Biennale in 1999; Platea dell'umanita at the Venice Biennale in 2001; Voici, 100 years of contemporary art, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels; The Fifth Element, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Iconoclash and Future Cinema at ZKM, Karlsruhe.

The Robotic Chair (1984 - 2006) [with Raffaello D'Andrea and Matt Donovan] is a generic-looking wooden chair with the capacity to fall apart and put itself back together. With shuddering force the chair collapses to the floor then with persistence and determination proceeds to seek out its parts and upright itself. The Robotic Chair fulfills a twenty-year-long endeavour and continues Dean's exploration of robotics and art.

Max Dean was awarded the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2005.

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