Years ago there was an exhibit at the Tate Moderne of Dion’s Urban Archaeology installation. I was intrigued & hooked, and this went on to be the inspiration for my ex-BIG LOVE’s short film. I delved into his world & have managed to catch his fascinating installation in other London, Paris & NYC galleries. He has an impressive amount of books, with extensive recording of his works & process.
Dion portrays through installation & display of personal belongings, the identity & personality of the ‘space’s’ owner.
Mostly, the process is as important as the finished piece. Like me, he is curious & attracted to museums, markets, field study, display, taxidermy, oddities, natural history & all the paraphernalia that comes with it.
I was thrilled to come across his signature in the Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature on the top floor in the far corner: a replica log cabin interior reflecting the life & passions of creators, collections and owners, Francois & Jacqueline Sommer.