Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World
Most of us consider ourselves seasoned explorers if we make it out to Croydon or manage to pronounce ‘pho’ correctly, which is total pittance compared to the travels of Mark Dion. The American artist has only gone and made a right Darwin of himself, trawling through exotic locations like rainforests, rubbish dumps and the banks of the Thames, finding and collecting specimens and artefacts to recreate these natural(ish) environments in the Whitechapel Gallery space. The exhibition is a love song to scientific exploration and the strange charm that comes from finding and displaying bric-a-brac, featuring drawings, sculptures and installations created between 2000 and the present. The artist will also be discussing his work with the gallery’s director Iwona Blazwick on 15th Feb, tickets to which include entry to the exhibition, if you’re into that whole "two birds one stone” thing.