Exhibition: Dean Kelland

Black and white image of a man looking in a mirror

24 May - 29 May 2016

In this window exhibition, PHD Fine Art graduate (2016) Dean Kelland will be exhibiting sketchbooks relating to his PhD research entitled Flawed Masculinities: “Rupturing” 1950s/60s/70s British TV Sitcom via a Performance-led Interdisciplinary Arts Practice and screening a film The Englishman’s Panacea.
 
Dean’s research project examines the construction of masculine gender stereotypes in selected situation comedies from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. The research draws from historical contextualisation of situation comedy within Post War Britain: autobiographical account, historical figure and sitcom character. Dean’s practice utilises multi-disciplinary approaches that encompass performance, photography, filmmaking, and mixed media processes.
 
The Englishman’s Panacea draws on the character Harold Steptoe from the legendary sitcom Steptoe and Son
 
Biography:  
 
Born in 1973 in the Great Barr suburb of Birmingham, Dean Kelland is a UK Based Artist who explores portraiture as a performance practice. He holds a BA Hons in Photography, an MA in Fine Art and has recently completed a practice-led PhD at Central Saint Martins. Exhibitions include Ikon Birmingham (2011 & 2013); About Town, Birmingham Hippodrome and Ikon Gallery (2014) and New Art Gallery Walsall Artist Residency (2013). Symposia presentations at With Humorous Intent at Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno (2012) and the annual British Comedy Conference (2011) at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Photography at University of Wolverhampton.