Mark Dion, Death of the Wanderer, 2005.
With his artistic “research work” on nature, his passion for collection and his precise ecological questioning, the American artist Mark Dion engages with the primeval relationship between man and his environment. Yet instead of lapsing into romanticized yearning for nature, he specifically questions traditional ways of thought and teaching. As Mark Dion puts it: “My work is not really about nature, but rather it is a consideration of ideas of nature.”
Employing philosophical clarity, humour and great sensuality, Mark Dion transforms the Martha Herford - Gehry Galleries into a tour of nature study laboratories, museum depositories and mysterious hunting grounds. Highly detailed raised hides describe the hunter as both an authority on nature and a hedonistic sportsman. The artist repeatedly slips into the role of an explorer discovering new worlds with a mixture of fascinated curiosity and fear of the unknown.
Elsewhere, Mark Dion uses a more drastic image to spotlight today’s accelerating environmental destruction: a mobile diorama featuring a bison and a wolf as well as an aviary containing live birds bringing nature – or representatives of it – right inside the gallery.
This Mark Dion edition is available on the occasion of his exhibition “Wayward Wilderness” at Marta Herford. The miniature coffin, lined with exquisite satin, is accompanied by a numbered and signed certificate with a small black-and-white drawing depicting a cemetery at night. The inscriptions on the gravestones read “Death of the Wanderer 2005” referring to the edition’s title and year of production. It was created as part of a Cologne exhibition project, but never offered publicly and can be obtained now for the first time and exclusively from Marta Herford.
Material: plywood, satin, dried sausage, certificate
Dimensions: 21 x 8 x 8 cm
Signed and numbered certificate
Price: 600 €
This Mark Dion edition is available at Marta Herford