Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood Talk at Lester’s

Join March AIRIE Fellows Dana Sherwood and Mark Dion at Lester’s for an artist talk and info session about the Artists in Residence in Everglades program. Sherwood and Dion will be fresh out of the wilderness, and will tell us about their recent projects and their time in the Everglades.

Saturday March 17, 2012 from 1-3 PM


Mark Dion, born in New Bedford, Massachusetts holds an honorary doctorate
from the University of Hartford School of Art, Connecticut. Dion’s work
examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions
shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The
job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant
culture, to challenge perception and convention.”
Dion is the co-director of Mildred’s Land, an innovative visual art
education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Dion is currently working with the architectural firm of James Corner/
Field Operations and Creative Time, on the visual art programming and
redesigning of the Seattle Waterfront. This includes the development of a
long term visual art strategy for the site as well as establishing large
scale permanent ecological interventions.

Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood in New
York City and works worldwide.

Dana Sherwood, was born in New York and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts
from the University of Maine in 2006. Sherwood’s work negotiates the
tenuous balance between nature and artifice to interrogate the semiotics of
desire and melancholia present in the intersection of the natural and
material worlds. The work examines notions of abundance through a visual
representation of excess and decadence. Often depicting nature under
manipulated conditions, and taking cues from historical vanitas painting,
the work is, at heart, Memento Mori, but its multi-faceted interpretation
and unconventional materials add layer upon layer of meaning.

Sherwood has exhibited her work in New York, New Orleans, and in venues
throughout Europe. She was awarded a residency fellowship at LMCC Swing
Space in 2011 and was chosen for Art Omi’s summer artist residency program
earlier that year.

Dana Sherwood currently lives in NY with her husband and frequent
collaborator, Mark Dion.