Mark Dion is an American
artist who metamorphoses into an ecologist, biochemist, detective
and archaeologist. In his gallery installations
around Europe and America since the 1980’s, Dion has constructed
the laboratories, experiments and museum cachés of the great
historical naturalist – following in their footsteps in his
own adventurous, eco inspired journeys of the tropics. Dion crosses
Darwin, Disney and Hitchcock in work ranging from hundreds of photographic ‘specimens’ documenting
all the insect life in a single meter of meadow, to the meticulous
gathering and labeling of the rubbish tossed out over hundreds
of years from a sixteenth-century Italian castle. His research
and magical collections are presented in institutional still-lifes,
which combine taxidermic animals with lab equipment with artifacts,
like walk-through wunderkammers and life-sized cabinets of curiosity.
The artist is creating a Museum of Cryptozoology director’s
office for the exhibition.