Mark Dion - Ornithology For Birds - 2018
Mark Dion has produced a new edition especially for the Whitechapel Gallery in the form of a scroll. Historically used as a teaching aid, Dion’s scroll, entitled Ornithology For Birds, 2018, at first glance references the study of birds. However on closer inspection, the diagram playfully suggests a lesson for and not of birds. Attributed with the 20th century movements of art and design, the bird is perched on a branch labelled "The Museum". In turn the branch is invaded by termites, haunted spectres, of Europe (a nod to the Karl Marx) and death personified.
Dion, who is known for his interest in outmoded ways of teaching and structuring the natural world, binds art-historical quotations and with the language of pedagogy to reference his long- held interest in knowledge production and museum display.
Ornithology For Birds was produced and generously donated by the artist to accompany his solo exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World, 14 February – 13 May 2018.
Medium: Screen print on bookcloth scroll, in bespoke box.
Size: 69 x 56 cm [27 x 22 in].
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered
Price: £ 650 (Members price: £ 585)