Mark Dion  (American, 1961) 

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Mark Dion (American, b. August 28, 1961) is a unique artist who uses mixed media to create art that conveys the ways people have been conditioned by society to make connections. He heavily relies on scientific categorization methods, plus artifacts and other physical objects that are incorporated into what he terms "Curios of Curiosity." His intent is to make people see differences between rational and irrational perception. In 1986, Dion earned his BFA from the Hartford School of Art. He has also attended New York's School of Visual Arts and studied using the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. The University of Hartford's School of Art bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts degree upon Dion in 2003.

One of Dion’s ambitious projects, Tate Thames Dig, involved several phases to complete, including an archeological dig along the Thames river in London, organization, and classification. The Port of Los Angeles is home to a similar themed piece named Ship in the Bottle. Neukom Vivarium, located at the Seattle Art Museum, is a living, educational hybridization that combines sculpture with science. It is a permanent installation display that combines a variety of lower life forms together with varying artistic elements in order to explain the scientific classifications.

Major exhibitions for Dion's art have taken place at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau, and London's Tate Gallery. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is home to his Oceanomania: Souvenirs of Mysterious Seas exhibition. Dion currently divides his time between New York and Beach Lake, PA. He teaches in the visual art department at Columbia University, wrote Archaeology, and is the co-author of Concrete Jungle. New York's Tanya Bonakdar Gallery acts as broker for his works. The Smithsonian American Art Museum awarded Dion the Lucelia Artist Award in 2008.

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Mark Dion, Herbarium

 

Mark Dion
Herbarium
2010

Graphicstudio/U.S.F.
Mark Dion, Tree Scheme

 

Mark Dion
Tree Scheme
2009

Graphicstudio/U.S.F.
Mark Dion, Herbarium

 

Mark Dion
Herbarium
2010

J. Johnson Gallery
Mark Dion, Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered (cabinet)

 

Mark Dion
Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered (cabinet)
2008

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Mark Dion, The Octagon Room

 

Mark Dion
The Octagon Room
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Mark Dion, The Octagon Room

 

Mark Dion
The Octagon Room
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Mark Dion, The Octagon Room

 

Mark Dion
The Octagon Room
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Mark Dion, Untitled

 

Mark Dion
Untitled
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Mark Dion, Mobile Bio Type-Jungle

 

Mark Dion
Mobile Bio Type-Jungle
2002

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
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Mark Dion, Pigeon tarer

 

Mark Dion
Pigeon tarer, 2009
articulated dove skeleton coated w/tar

 

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Mark Dion, Concentration

 

Mark Dion
Concentration, 1989-1992
collage and ink on paper

 

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Mark Dion, Biological Field Station - Interior

 

Mark Dion
Biological Field Station - Interior, 2001
color pastel on paper

 

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2010   Emscherkunst 2010
2004   Projects 82, Rescue Archaeology, A Project for The Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Mark Dion: drawings and printed works, Goodwater, Toronto
Office for the Center for the Study of Surrealism and its Legacies, Manchester Museum, April/May 2004
Universal Collection, Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Tropical Travels, Thomas Ender (1817-1818) and Mark Dion (2003), Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, November
2003   RN: The Past, Present and Future of the Nurse Uniform, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (in collaboration with J. Morgan Puett), Philadelphia, PA, October 2003
The Ichthyosaurus, the Magpie, and Other Marvels of the Natural World, Musée Gassendi and la Reserve Geologique de Haute Provence, Digne, France, June 2003 and Centro Sperimentale Art Contemporanea, Caraglio, November 2003
Full House, 9th Annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Mark Dion: Collaborations 1987-2003, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, CT and American fine Arts, Co., New York
2002   Mark Dion: Encyclomania, Villa Merkel, Esslingen to Kunstverein Hannover, and Bonner Kunstverien, Bonn, Germany
Microcosmographia, University of Tokyo Museum, Tokyo
Vivarium, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Urban Wildlife Observation Unit, The Public Art Fund, Madison Square Park, NY
Ursus Maritimus, Goodwater, Toronto
2001   New England Digs, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA; Bell Art Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Cabinet of Curiosity for the Weisman Art Museum, Wiesman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
2000   The Museum of Poison, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York
Nature Bureaucracies, American Fine Arts Co., New York
1999   Two Banks (Tate Thames Dig), Tate Gallery, London
Where The Land Meets The Sea, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Adventures in Comparative Neuroanatomy, Deutsches Museum Bonn
Loot: Raiding Neptune’s Vault, Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
The Ladies Field Club of York, National Railway Museum, York, UK (With J. Morgan Puett)