Published by Whitechapel Gallery. Text by Iwona Blazwick, Marion Endt-Jones, Chelsea Kinchin-Smith, Petra Lange-Berndt, Ben Luke, Magnus af Petersens, Candy Stobbs, Gilda Williams. Featuring a short story by Andrea Barrett.
Since the late 1980s Dion has been delving into the tropes and research methods of scientists, explorers, museum curators and archaeologists. He has created a body of work that playfully presents art as scientific inquiry or field work, questioning how knowledge is gathered, classified and displayed.
The five installations documented here incorporate diverse subjects: a scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; a curator’s office displays the strange magic of obsolete things; the muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while a Dickensian Curiosity Shop tempts us with the bizarre aura of American bric-a-brac. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.
The catalogue features new short essays on each of the exhibited works, an interview between the artist and Iwona Blazwick and a reprint of a short story by National Book Award for Fiction winner Andrea Barrett.
Published by Printed Matter, Inc/Friends of the High Line. Edited with introduction by Ethan Hauser. Text by Kenneth Helphand. Illustrations by Bryan McGovern Wilson, Naomi Reis. Design by Jorge Colombo.
Presented as an alternative survey of some of the curious aspects of New York’s iconic High Line, this Field Guide by American artist Mark Dion (born 1961) provides an account of the wildlife, plants and insects that inhabit the space, as well as essays considering the social context and history of the site.
Full of peculiar observations, rumors, speculations and mostly true facts, the Field Guide encourages viewers to question popular ideologies that define today’s “official” history of the elevated park. It includes “thoughts, musings and histories,” such as a timeline of events on the High Line, a “concise” guide to the wildlife and illustrated guide to the plants of the area, Facts, Myths, & Rumors and even a Lost & Found section.
Facts, Myths & Rumors is particularly illustrative of Dion’s characteristic oscillation between fact and fiction. The section consists of a list of uncategorized statements, ranging from serious declarations (“the High Line once extended to Spring Street”) to more humorous musings (“the ghost of the West Side Cowboy has been seen and heard around the West 20th Street section of the park”). Dion leaves the viewer to separate truth from myth.
Taken as a whole, the text encourages imagination and inquiry rather than dictating fact, asking the viewer to play a role in shaping his or her own version of history. Dion’s Field Guide is a colorful introduction offering new perspective on the High Line.
PUBLISHER Printed Matter, Inc/Friends of the High Line
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4.5 x 7 in. / 48 pgs / 35 color / 28 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2017 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2017 p. 46
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780894390869TRADE List Price: $15.00 CDN $21.50 GBP £13.50
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel.
Mark Dion (born 1961) combs the archives of world-famous institutions, questioning the traditional classification systems with which objects from all around the world are collected and presented. This volume documents his "archaeology of education" from the collection of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
Published by Forlaget Press. Edited by Line Ulekleiv. Preface and interview by Svein Rønning. Foreword by Jan Andresen. Text by Petra Lange-Berndt, Jon-Ove Steihaug, Dag O. Hessen.
“Den” is a cave installation by Mark Dion (born 1961) in the mountains of Norway. Dion installed a sleeping model bear on top of a pile of manmade detritus, allegorically posing the question of whether man or animal dominates the world."
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Dieter Buchhart.
For more than 20 years, American artist Mark Dion has had archive fever. Organized according to a quirky system of categorization, his tableaux of dusty collections consist of stuffed bears, tarred birds and scientific tools, which are exhibited on tables, piled in corners or arranged on the floor. Borrowing their methodologies from paleontology or archeology, Dion's installations, interventions, performances and photographs critique how our culture reconciles its coexistence with nature, while at the same time revealing nature as a construct that is constantly being reshaped and reinterpreted. This publication provides a detailed look at Concerning Hunting, Dion's most recent project, an examination of the controversial cultural practice, in which Dion grapples with hunting's fundamental contradiction: the hunter's sensitivity to the balance of nature is cultivated as a means to becoming more skilled at finding and killing his prey.