Michael Dean: LOL (Working title)

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LOL (Working Title), 2018
Edition of 6 (plus 2 artist proofs)
Bomber jacket with LOL patches
81 x 98 x 4 cm

For The Hepworth Wakefield, Michael Dean has created a jacket adorned with emoji patches, which spell out LOL on both front and reverse. Drawn to the evolution of the acronym LOL (laughing out loud) and its development into the laugh-out-loud-to-the-point-of-crying emoji, Dean has incorporated these motifs into much of his recent work. Somewhere between picture and word, the acronym and emoticon combined allow us to consider how we contain and communicate emotion in our increasingly digital world.


The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture was established in 2016 as a £30,000 biennial award recognising a British or UK-based artist of any age, at any stage in their career who has made a significant contribution to the development of contemporary sculpture.

In October 2018 the second Hepworth Prize for Sculpture exhibition opened, presenting art work by the shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans. To coincide with this The Hepworth Wakefield has launched three Artist Editions.

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