Instructor: Mark Dion
Monday - Thursday
9am - 12pm, open studio 12-4pm
Throughout his artistic career, Mark Dion has consistently interrogated the ways in which knowledge—particularly our understanding of nature, science, and history—is and has been constructed and presented in academic and public institutions across time and place. In this class, The Wonder Workshop, 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. Participants begin by choosing an object from the rich illustrations of the 17th century to explore both materially and conceptually. The instructor introduces the group to the history, conceptual and material aspects of the extraordinary world of early collecting, and guides you in the production of your own cabinet of curiosity.
Media & Techniques:
Sculptures are made with the new generation of water-based resins like Magic Sculpt. Students build armatures and learn how to “skin” or cover them with resin surfaces. All sculptures are finally coated with highly luminescent glow paint.
Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Mass., in 1961. He received a B.F.A. (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, in Connecticut. He also attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, and is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University in the United Kingdom (2014).