Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited to present artist Mark Dion who will give a presentation of covering some of his thirty year long practice as an artist concerned with the environmental issues and the history of science. The event will take place on August 8th at Wellfleet Preservation Hall located at 335 Main Street Wellfleet. Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.” Appropriating archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between “objective” (“rational”) scientific methods and “subjective” (“irrational”) influences.
The artist’s spectacular and often fantastical curiosity cabinets, modeled on Wunderkammen of the 16th and 17th Century, exalt atypical orderings of objects and specimens. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into the public science discourse and institutional knowledge production.
Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, School of Art, Connecticut. He has received numerous awards, including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001). He has had major exhibitions at Miami Art Museum (2006); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). Neukom Vivarium (2006), a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park, was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum. Dion lives and works in Pennsylvania.
Dion will be teaching a weeklong workshop at Castle Hill on August 6 – 9, The Wonder Workshop, where Dion will lead participants in a studio seminar investigating the tradition of the Wunderkammer or Cabinet of Curiosities. Through collection and display, this historic form is distinct from the rational museum we know today. This unique workshop explores the visual language of the Wunderkammer tradition through the sculptural reconstruction of curious specimens, fantastical beings, natural wonders and mysterious artifacts.
To purchase tickets visit https://www.castlehill.org/2018workshopscalendar/2018/8/6/the-wonder-workshop or call 508-349-7511. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For more information about Castle Hill’s workshops, events and programs go to www.castlehill.org.