Mark Dion, Fragments of Travel: Exploration and Adventure (2007)
26 x 32 cm
edition of 35 signed and numbered + 9 A.P.
edition from 1 to 6 enriched with an original drawing
co-published by &: christophe daviet-thery with XN éditions and In Situ gallery
In this artist’s book, Mark Dion assumes the guise of an 18th or 19th century scientist who explores an unknown land (he kindly includes a map of this terra incognita) and exhaustively documents the native flora and fauna. The book has been exquisitely constructed to convincingly carry out this fiction: pieces of paper are die cut and assembled and bound into the book to suggest an impromptu but thorough record of the explore’s discoveries and observations.The Iris prints appear to be convincing facsimile of Dion’s faux-scientific maquette.
Photographs : © Rebecca Fanuele