Mark Dion is known for applying to his artwork methodologies generally used for pure science. He makes art out of fieldwork, incorporating elements of biology, archaeology, ethnography, and the history of science. Traveling the world and collaborating with a wide range of scientists, artists, and museums, Dion has excavated ancient and modern artifacts from the banks of the Thames in London, established a marine life laboratory using specimens from New York’s Chinatown, and created a contemporary cabinet of curiosities exploring natural and philosophical hierarchies. His approach emphasizes illustration and accuracy but is charged with a biting undertone. Dion has a longstanding interest in exploring how ideas about natural history are visualized and how they circulate in society. His work has been presented at many U.S. and international museums and galleries, including solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Galleria Emi Fontana in Italy, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio, the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, and the Deutsches Museum in Germany. Dion has also been commissioned to create works for Aldrich Museum of Art in Connecticut, the Tate Gallery in London, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Mark Dion is here because the MIA is commissioning a new work from him for the upcoming More Real exhibition.
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