June 13 - August 13, 2006
In Volta 2002-03, Stephen Dean blurs the boundaries between experimental film and sociological documentary, focusing on a massive crowd at a soccer stadium in Brazil. As the mob’s mood builds to a wild pitch, Dean’s camera captures moments of beauty and order arising spontaneously from the overwhelming chaos. Volta climaxes with the sight of gigantic, homemade flags drifting slowly across the ocean of spectators in vast fields of color that create graceful counterpoints to the mass display of frenetic activity.
Stephen Dean was born in Paris in 1968. He has presented solo exhibitions of his work at Galerie Xippas in Paris, the Museum of Santander in Spain, Henry Urbach Architecture in New York, Hales Gallery in London and Galerie Cohn-Edelstein in Rio de Janiero. He has participated in group exhibitions at the 51st Venice Biennale; the 8th Istanbul Biennial; the Fondazione Pitti, Florence; the Grand Palais, Paris, and Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, among many others.
Volta (video still) 2002-2003, color video.
Photo Credit: Courtesy the artist.
This presentation is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by Assistant Curator René Morales.