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Mark Dion

Galerie Christian Nagel

Mark Dion is seemingly unparalleled as an artist-researcher—his chosen métier of analyzing prevailing notions of nature and science and the ways in which they are represented. In particular, Dion subjects the processes of naming and categorizing—which are, of course, always also acts of control—to the same meticulous scrutiny he gives to their institutions, such as natural history museums. The results are often-opulent installations using a wealth of materials. Jungle Shop, 2008, for instance, draws its life from a profusion of goods of all sorts—groceries, tools, cigarettes, Coca-Cola, various types of alcohol, etc.—assembled in the interior of a simple shack. Alluding to outpost stores in the virgin forests that the artist has encountered on journeys around the world, the compendium of objects reveals the fascinating classificatory order determined by elementary habits of life and survival

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