Born 1961 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States

Lives and works in Copake, New York, United States

Mark Dion

Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention. Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society.

Selected Works
Mark Dion
Cabinet of Marvels
Mixed media
190 × 130 × 48 cm
Mark Dion
Arbeid Adelt
Ink on paper
62 × 48 cm
Mark Dion
Insect net, used shovel, tree branch and rope
Variable dimension
Arbeid Adelt
December 12, 2020 – February 13, 2021