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Mark Dineen

Dineen earned his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006) where he was awarded the Ryerson Travelling Fellowship. He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2013) where he was an Annual Merit Award recipient. He is co-founder of Zero-Craft Corp., a highly collaborative and experimental studio in Detroit, MI. and he is also a former co-director at Talking Dolls Detroit. Dineen is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Co-Coordinator of the Foundations program in the Department of Art and Art History at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

His studio practice tests the nature of our material vernacular and its cross sections with craft, manufacturing, anthropology, and domesticity. As populations have swelled and technologies have grown in sophistication, our lives have become deeply intertwined with the logistics of production. We are now unable to withdraw ourselves from the global systems of food, water, transportation, energy, and waste required for our survival. The relationships between these systems shape the built environment in powerful ways, radically altering our world and how we inhabit it. To explore these ideas, my practice both observes and resituates the artifacts of these systems.

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