"Costume Bureau" (2006)

"Costume Bureau," 2006
Mixed media, 74 x 108 x 39 inches
Photo by Chris Burke Studio
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"My work has a pretty complicated relationship to performance. Part of that is because there’s no traditional audience-performer relationship. But there is a Bouvard-and-Pécuchet element in my work: in a way, I’m working through the natural sciences as a dilettante. At the same time, I’m doing that in a very playful way to probe and question the trappings of authority. I’m examining the trappings of authority while, at the same time, I have some relationship at least to the history of the discipline itself."

- Mark Dion