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A new commission gives physical form to the words of his writing, distorting them into an alphabet of human-scale shapes using everyday materials.

Michael Dean returns to his native North East to produce a major new commission for BALTIC.

Newcastle-born Dean is known for his immersive sculptural installations exploring language, intimacy and the politics of being in the world.

He starts his work with his writing – which he then gives physical form. He creates casts and moulds of words, distorting them into an alphabet of human-scale shapes.

Dean uses instantly recognisable materials such as concrete, sand and corrugated metal to demonstrate, and in some instances, literally spell out the writing that inspires the piece.

See how the Turner Prize-nominated artist responds to BALTIC’s vast Level 3 gallery.

Image credit: Teaxths and Angeruage Installation View Portikus, Frankfurt, DE 2017 Courtesy the artist, Herald St, London, Supportico Lopez, Berlin and Mendes Wood, São Paulo Photo Diana Pfammatter

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Venue: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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  • Accessible toilets on all floors except level 5
  • Adult changing facilities (available on request)
  • Large print information
  • Lifts to all floors
  • Subtitles on a selection of BALTIC films
  • Magnilink print enlarger BALTIC library (available on request)
  • Hearing loops are located at the Information Desk, BALTIC Shop, Quay Desk and BALTIC Kitchen

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