This site documents Mark Dean’s work as an artist. Dean made his first looped video work in the 1970’s while studying photography and painting; in the 1980’s he began working with musical loops in bands and as a DJ; he eventually combined these practices in the methodology for which he became recognised as a video and sound artist:

In the 1990’s, the film archive (or, by this time, the video store) also proved a fertile feeding ground for the yBa generation, especially Douglas Gordon and Mark Dean… By contrast, Mark Dean’s appropriations from Hollywood are more like votive offerings; tiny scraps of footage – a gesture by Judy Garland, a look by Brando – isolated and looped to drain them of any hint of narrative (other than the broad narrative of celebrity), so we can adore and worship. – David Curtis, A History of Artists’ Film and Video in Britain (British Film Institute)

The ‘votive’ implications of Dean’s work took on new significance when he was ordained in the Church of England in 2010. However, as an artist he does not seek to make images of God but rather the representation of personhood; that is, the experience of being a person in a world where there is a God. Taking the cultural construction of subjectivity as a given, he is interested in what might remain beyond this understanding; this is the context in which he makes use of appropriation techniques:

Previous works by Mark Dean have managed to open out towards strong emotions while retaining the distinctive constructedness of visual art. The strong content lives and is transformed rather than functioning as reference pure and simple… It is important to stress this crafted opening to cathartic possibility and to the unconscious, because Dean has found means here that are primary, not borrowed from the films or music that are his materials. – Ian Hunt, Art Monthly

In recent years Dean has begun to investigate the liturgical potential of his art work. Stations of the Cross consists of 14 videos, which were projected onto the Henry Moore altar in St Stephen Walbrook church during an all night Easter vigil in 2017. Stations of the Resurrection followed as a live art event under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Pastiche Mass replaces the choral parts of a mass with five video and sound works, and was first performed in March 2019. Color Motet followed in June, projecting video as altar frontal.

Video and audio on this site is for demonstration purposes only, to document works of art exhibited elsewhere.
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