Max Dean’s work bends gallery conventions and addresses issues of choice and consequence, trust and risk. Exploring the relationship between the artist’s body (or that of the viewer) and the sculptural object, his performances, installations and robotic sculptures often require someone or something to activate or complete them. Dean is interested in the communication between people that results from such situations. As Yet Unrealized marks an important shift in his practice, when he began to use mechanical and electronic surrogates – robots, photographs and video projections – as the agents for this communication. In his recent series Objects Waiting Dean uses photography to reflect on his relationship to significant items from his home and studio: some from his childhood and others associated with his early career.