Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories. 🌎
We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. The exhibition begins with The Library for the Birds of London (2018), a new commission continuing a series of aviaries Dion has created since 1993. The roomy sanctuary is a temporary home to 22 zebra finches, which are well-known for being social creatures. Visitors are invited into the aviary, which has an apple tree at its centre, referencing the tree of life. Over 600 books devoted to ornithology, environmentalism, literature and the natural sciences surround the birds. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the Centre of the Study for Surrealism and its Legacy displays the strange magic of obsolete things. The muddy banks of the Thames have also yielded their treasures for poetic display in a gigantic cabinet; while The Wonder Workshop displays the ghosts of animals and instruments, many of them extinct and obsolescent. Each immersive environment is also a habitat, evoking the characters that observe, conserve or exploit the natural world.
The Other Art Fair is London’s leading artist fair and the only event that connects art lovers of all tastes and experience, directly with 130 of the most talented emerging and unrepresented artists.
Choose from over 1,000 pieces to buy from just £50. More than just an art fair, an art experience, enjoy art talks, immersive theatre, art and music performances, kids create area, food & drink and much more.
The Other Art Fair will once again share its home with Moniker Art Fair during London’s most important art week. Your ticket will gain you entry to both fairs.
2 fairs. 130 unrepresented artists. 20 innovative galleries. 1 big weekend of art!
@ The Old Shoreditch Station
1 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA
Free entry, complimentary drinks from 6.30pm
The Old Shoreditch Station is a unique cafe bar and exhibition venue with a thoroughfare to No-one‘s boutique clothing shop. Under the Jaguarshoes Collective, they introduce a new knitwear collection from Electronic Sheep. Each piece of knitwear is based on a still from a film created by Electronic Sheep about a beatnik girl making her way from the city to her apartment, set in the 60s. Something surreal and sinister is occurring.
Electronic Sheep’s ‘A Knitted Film’ made from these stills will preview at the launch. Produced by the artist Cliona Harmey with soundtrack by Keystone Kops.
20% discount off the new collection on launch night only!
Free Range is arriving to the Old Truman Brewery and we’re not talking chickens.
The UK’s largest art and design graduate talent exhibition is back for its eleventh year, giving us a sneak peak into blossoming creative talent. All of this contained in the the popular Old Truman Brewery structure in London’s East End.
2011 is set to be the exhibition’s biggest year yet, with the return of the highly successful ‘Fashion and Design’ category which launched last year and the introduction of a further new ‘Moving Image’ exhibition, which will join photography, art, graphic design and interior design on the schedule for the largest showcase of visually creative work to date.
The exhibition will be running over eight weeks with a new category every week.
•Week One: Fashion and Design
•Week Two: Design
•Week Three: Photography
•Weeks Four: Photography
•Week Five: ‘New Blood’
(in collaboration with D&AD)
•Week Six: Art
•Week Seven: Interior Architecture
•Week Eight: Motion Arts
Go check out Britain’s up and coming creative talent.