Mark Dion

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American sculptor and installation artist, Mark Dion established his reputation with installations in Europe and the USA, in which he applies interests in archaeology, ecology and zoology to works that explore cultural representations of nature. His art uncovers the structures that govern the natural world, dissolving the boundary between nature and culture, using often the form of tableaux-like arrangements of objects, based on historical cabinets of curiosities.These installations comment on power structures behind taxonomical definitions. During the 1990s his work combined a focus on ecology, often based on extensive fieldwork, and an examination of museum ideology, particularly that of natural history museums. Although the collaborative approach involved with fieldworking resulted in upbeat educational projects, in other, often more private works, Dion expressed dismay about ineffectual environmentalism and ignorance of the ecosystem.

(on top: The Cabinet of the Machines of Capital, 2012)

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Cabinet of Curiosities for the Wiseman Art Museum, 2000

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Theatrum Mundi: Armarium, 2001

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New Bedford Cabinet, 2001

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Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered, cabinet, 2008

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New England Digs, 2002

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Mobile Ranger Library, 2008

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Rescue Archeology, 2004

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Against Nature: a Confectionary Model, 2009

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Sea Life

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Mark Dion at Tanya Bonakdar

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The return (a cosmological cabinet for New South Wales), 2008

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