Mark Dion

Mark Dion (1961), an American artist who has been active in the art world since the mid 80s, is interested in how we engage with nature, culture and science. His visually powerful works combine a range of different materials as well as archaeological and other scientific approaches, prompting viewers to question their convictions and ideas about nature.

Mark Dion's installations and ensembles of found pieces and prepared samples precisely do not represent a natural history collection, but rather are reflections on systems of order and collecting. In essence, the artist always asks how we develop our notion of nature. – Georg Karl Fine Arts Gallery

Dion’s work ‘Mobile Wilderness Unit – Wolf’ will be on display in the exhibition Alter Nature: We Can (21.11.2010-13.03.2011). This piece consists of a trailer in which a wolf is represented in its ‘natural habitat’. This piece portrays nature as wilderness, as the primeval concept of ‘nature’ that humankind yearns to experience. The decision to use a wolf in Mobile Wilderness Unit was not without reason:

Until the development of agriculture and grazing, the wolf was the most widespread predator on the planet, with a natural habit that stretched from all of Europe and Asia to North America. In wide parts of this huge expanse, especially in Western Europe and North America, the species was driven to near extinction by man.


21.11.2010 to 13.03.2011
21.11.2010 to 13.03.2011
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