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American artist Mark Dion to open “The Maritime Artist” at St Ives Porthmeor Studios

Distinguished American artist Mark Dion will open the first public viewing of his newest installation The Maritime Artist with a talk at 10.30am on Saturday 5th October.

 

Both, Dion’s opening speech and installation will be free of charge and open to the public. As spaces for Mark Dion’s talk are limited: please reserve a seat via email (admin@bsjwtrust.co.uk) or call 01736 339339. Mark Dion’s installation will be open to the public on Saturday 5th October at Porthmeor Studios from 11.30am to 1.30pm – no reservation needed.

 

The commission celebrates the completion of the renovation of the historic Porthmeor Studios, which have provided facilities for artists and fisherman in St Ives for more than 130 years. “The Maritime Artist” reflects the building’s unique history in an unprecedented way.

‘The Maritime Artist’ is the story of a working life, narrated through sun-bleached buoys and briny baskets, all set within the sound of the sea. – Marc Messenger

Inspired by fisherman John Pearce’s fascinating selection of fishing gear, Dion has assembled a collection of artefacts evoking the long established connection between fisherman and artist – roles strongly connected within the history and culture of Porthmeor Studios and St Ives.

 

During the course of his project Mark Dion was assisted by artist James Barber and eight graduate students from Falmouth University.

 

Marc Messenger, one of Dion’s assistants, said: “This installation is a testament to the industry and creativity that is symbolic of the heritage of St Ives. It is also a poignant story of a working life, narrated through sun-bleached buoys and briny baskets, all set within the sound of the sea.”

Mark Dion’s installation ‘The Maritime Artist’ is the perfect conclusion for the Porthmeor Studios renovation project. – Chris Hibbert

Chris Hibbert, Manager of the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust said of the installation: “I am particularly delighted that it was jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fisheries Local Action Group”.

 

Hibbert added: “I hope that visitors coming to see a work of art will learn a bit about fishing, and those wanting to see a collection of fishing equipment will better understand contemporary art. It is the perfect conclusion for the Porthmeor Studios renovation project.”



One response to “American artist Mark Dion to open “The Maritime Artist” at St Ives Porthmeor Studios”

  1. This isn’t Art, it is set-dressing! Set-designers who work in theatre and TV & Film do this sort of thing every day for a living. It’s a job, it’s a skill (like shop-window dressing) Don’t call it Art!

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