Revisit

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The woodland walk had a completely different feel to it on this visit, it was a lot brighter and the wildflowers were beginning to full the ground beneath the trees with green.
The wall was higher than I’d remembered.
I found deer hoof prints in the mud and revisited a small tree that stands half-dead and covered with lichen away from the other trees.

Revisit

Mark Dion

Mark Dion

Concerning Hunting

Preface:

For over twenty years, animal specimens, bizarre display cases, and scientific work tables have all been part of the visual repitoire of the American artist Mark Dion. His entire oeuvre has been shaped by a fascination with “nature”, and it’s capacity to turn human beings into collectors, researchers and adventurers…

Dion exposes “nature” as a mere construct, which is subject to constant transformation and reinterpretation.

So in this current project, Concerning Hunting, the artist addresses hunting as a cultural practice that is rich in traditions, passionately persued, and highly controversial. One of the main things that fascinates Dion about hunting is it’s fundamental contradiction: the hunter’s sensitivity to, and profound knowledge of nature are , in the final analysis, manifested in the killing of animals. ..

Thus at the center of Dion’s artistic analysis is, once again, not nature itself, but the cultural engagement with nature.

Dieter Buchhart and Verena Gamper, editors.

Vivarium 2002, life from death.

For this project, the works I install will have a reference to nature, as a response to the environment.
The cycle of life and death is the truest essence on nature, in my opinion, so I’d like to convey part of that message somehow in my work.
This piece my Mark Dion, portrays this message in it’s material and the title. It also reminds me visually of the wall along the woodland walk.

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Theatrum Mundi: Armarium (2001)

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“In Theatrum Mundi: Armarium (2001), based on a collaboration with scholars and scientists at Cambridge University, the two artists filled two nearly identical cabinets with objects representing the belief systems of two cosmologists, Ramon Llull (b. 1232, Palma de Mallorca; d. 1315, Palma de Mallorca) and Robert Fludd (b. 1574 Kent; d. 1637, London). Each cabinet could be thought of as representing a cosmologist (a scientist who studies the universe in its totality), and each shelf in each cabinet represents a different category of his theory. The top shelves of both cabinets were left empty to symbolize both men’s belief in the existence of God. The cabinets are connected by a single-shelf cabinet containing a human skeleton. The skeleton points to the limited ability of man to conceive of the universe. The artists have great awe for the “sheer audacity of the attempt to explain existence,” but also recognize how inevitably “humancentric, and thus deeply flawed” this attempt is.

(http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/guia-educadores/things-cabinet-of-curiosities/)

Hanging from trees.

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Monument for the Birds of Puffin Island, 2006

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Tar and Feathers, 2006

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Monument aux oiseaux de Guam, 2005

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Les Nécrophores – L’Enterrement (Hommage à Jean-Henri Fabre), 1997

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“Tar and Feathers,” 1996

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Mandrillus Sphinx (detail), 2012. Wood, glass, plastic, tar, metal, ceramic, paper, cork, ribbon, and string.

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Fancy Magpie and the Tar Pit 2008

Mark Dion

Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven, Barry Holstun Lopez

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I love the descriptions of the raven feet in this essay. I was initially drawn to crows’ feet in a previous project when finding the bodies of some culled crows.
The feet and their fingers seem so much larger when detached from the body. They become more humanised some how, until they are preserved and they stiffen.
I’d like to use the feet again in a sculpture piece, this time preserving them in a stance that would visually offer more life than the dried up feet I preserved previously.

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Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven, Barry Holstun Lopez

Javier Perez

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“Carroña” 2011
Murano glass, stuffed crows
Installation of variable measurements

I’d like to follow on some of my work with crow feet in the “Abracadabra” project.
The crow is interesting to me because of it’s dual persona. On one hand the crow is a creature of magic and witchcraft, linked with Odin an The Morrigan.They are known to be a highly intelligent animal that can solve problems and remember faces.A group of crows is called a “murder”.
On the other hand they are seen as a pest, crops are hopelessly guarded by scarecrows and the birds are culled by farmers with the aim to control damage.

I find it interesting that a bird can be revered and maligned in such a way.
But they prevail

Javier Perez

Enchanted Parks – Site Specific

After having been a visitor in previous years to “Enchanted Parks” at Saltwell Park, the concept of placing works in this sort of natural environment has reminded me of those experiences.

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Enchanted Parks is a ticketed event after sunset, creating the magical family experience where artists have installed work in the park which is usually closed at night.

I’d love to re-create some of the excitement I’ve experienced as a visitor there in this project.

Enchanted Parks – Site Specific