Mark Dion, Hunting Blind The Glutton
Dion’s conceptual work focuses on our situation within nature: the aesthetic is as much about the human as it is about the natural world. His series of domesticized environments, Hunting Blinds (2008) proceeds a reconstruction of a nineteenth-century naturalist's study. Complete with decorated wallpaper and intricate pencil drawings, the room looks utterly antiquated, but many of the displayed objects inside allude to contemporary environmental and social issues.
Dion’s London-inspired Tate Thames Dig (1998 – 2000) will also be on show, presented in the final rooms of the exhibition. To create this piece, Dion enlisted the help of teenagers, retirees, artists and historians to gather debris from the shores of the Thames. The objects they found have been transformed into a work of art that traces London's material history.
Dion's art spotlights today’s major environmental issues and reminds us that nature is our habitat. This exhibition asks us to look at things from a different perspective: Mark Dion makes observers of us all.
|What||Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World, Whitechapel Gallery|
72-78 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Aldgate East (underground)|
14 Feb 18 – 13 May 18, Open until 9pm on Thursdays, closed on Sundays
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