Projection, from the series Countours C Mark Dorf


Mark Dorf is a New York based artist who works with different mediums in his artistic practice: from photography and video to digital media and sculpture. In his work, Dorf explores society's interactions with the digital world and how this affects our relationship with nature. Mark Dorf was selected as Foam Talent in 2017.

Mark Dorf graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography and Sculpture in 2011 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019. Since, Dorf's work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions, both off- and online. Dorf's work is included in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Deutsche Bank, Avery Library at Columbia University, Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Dorf has received several grants, among which was the prestigious Mayer Foundation Grant (2015).

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Watch: On Earth Video Tour with Mark Dorf

Still from the On Earth video tour: Mark Dorf

In this video, curator Hinde Haest takes us through the exhibition On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World and talks about the work by artist Mark Dorf who photographs man-made landscapes to create sculptures, questioning if what we call nature is truly natural.

Foam Talent 2017

In 2017, Mark Dorf was one of the twenty selected artists for Foam Talent, the annual open call for young photographic talent.

In his series Transposition, Mark Dorf presents several sculptural installations, made up of digital photographs, shot in the New York Botanical Gardens and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. On the photos, traces of photoshopping tools, such as gradients, clone stamping and blending effects, are visible.

With the series, Dorf aims to explore the dichotomies between landscape and city, digital and physical, chaos and harmony, present Western culture.

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Cover of Foam Magazine #48: Talent issue. © Foam. Cover image by Weronika Gęsicka
Projection, from the series Countours C Mark Dorf

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