Mark Dorf is a New York based artist whose creative practice employs a mixture of photography, digital media, and sculpture. In his most recent work, Dorf explores society’s perceptions of and interactions with the digital domain, urban and architectural environments, and the “Natural Landscape”. With an interest in technology and science, he scrutinizes and examines the influence of the information age in order to understand our curious habitation of the 21st century world.
Dorf has exhibited internationally including at Galerie Philine Cremer, Dusseldorf, DE, 2016; Division Gallery, Toronto, 2015; Postmasters Gallery, New York, 2015; Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, 2015; The Lima Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, 2014; Mobile World Centre, Barcelona, 2014; Harbor Gallery, New York, 2014; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, 2013; and Phoenix Gallery, New York, 2012. Dorf’s work is included in the Fidelity Investments Collection, the Deutsche Bank Collection, and the permanent collection of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Humanity is drawn to categorize and compartmentalize our material existence in oppositions: there is the landscape and there is the city; there is the digital and there is the physical; there is chaos and there is harmony. In our increasingly technological existence fueled and influenced by visual media, this feeling is only perpetuated and amplified by the increased contrast to those areas that exist in our urban centers, the surrounding landscape, and our technological environments. In actuality none of these elements can exist in a singular fashion without influence from another: our world is composed of a complex ecosystem of constant material transformation. Transposition explores these perceived categories not as distinctly separate, but rather as a spectrum, revealing the influences between the material languages of landscape, urbanity, and technology.
To view more of Mark’s work please pickup a copy of his artist monograph below!
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10.25″ x 8.5″, 96 pages,
Edition Size 450
ISBN : 978-1-944005-04-7
Published by : Aint–Bad
The landscape is a familiar place to everyone whether you grew up climbing trees, you’ve summited Mount Everest, or if you prefer to look at it from afar – everyone has some connection to the area that exists outside of our major urban centers. The landscape to be the perfect platform to develop and reveal complex and abstract ideas because of this familiarity; it invites the viewer into familiar space that then allows for further exploration of the altered world that I have provided for them.
TRANSLATIONS is a photo book published by Aint–Bad that includes two series, //_PATH and Emergence. //_PATH examines how contemporary technology affects the ways in which we see and interact with our surroundings in our day to day – how does our infinite connectivity change and transform the way in which we see and understand our environment? Emergence, created while an artist in residence at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, looks at the way we use science to translate our world into quantifiable parts to better understand the whole of our existence.
Both bodies of work navigate translations of the world we experience with our senses. The photograph that you see on your personal device is not the actual moment that is being pictured, it is an abstracted and limited version made for your consumption. The data sets that have been accrued over the passed forty years by the devoted ecologist, is not the landscape from which it was mined, but rather a numerical version of it. It is only through these abstractions though, whether that is through consumer technology or scientific data collection, that we are able to reveal new information that would otherwise go unseen to the human eye.