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ERIC Number: EJ919071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Teaching with Mark Dion
Fusaro, Joe
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v110 n8 p28-29 Apr 2011
Mark Dion creates sculptures, installations, and interactive environments that sometimes seem contrary to what one expects from visual artists. Remarkable curiosity cabinets and carefully arranged artifacts from specific places and time periods make up a large part of his work. His work does not neatly fit into traditional lessons about elements and principles of design. In order to understand the work, one has to look "into" it instead of looking "at" it. One has to ask questions. Dion's work is often site-specific (he doesn't use a traditional studio) and it commonly emphasizes humor, irony and/or metaphor, which he calls "the bread and butter for artists." In this article, the author provides some suggestions for getting things rolling for those interested in bringing Dion and his art into their classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A