Mark Dorf is a New York based artist whose practice utilizes photography, video, digital media, and sculpture. Often working directly with ecologists and technologists in the production of his works, Dorf is influenced by human’s perceptions of and interactions with what we call “Nature”, urbanism, design, and virtual environments. As opposed to seeing these subjects as categorically separate, Dorf reveals their entanglement and integration with one another as a lively planetary ecology. Being both self-aware and critical of their own means of production, Dorf’s works calibrate visions of the anthropocene and pivot away from environmental collapse to imagine a New Nature.
Dorf’s works have been exhibited internationally at bitforms Gallery, New York, NY, 2022, 2020; The Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, CH, 2021; The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, 2021; Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 2020, 2017; The Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, 2020; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR, 2020; Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, FR, 2019; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, DE, 2018; Postmasters Gallery, New York, 2020, 2017, 2015; and The Lima Museum of Contemporary Art, Lima, Peru, 2014 amongst many others. Dorf’s films have been streamed on dis.art, 2022; and VDrome.org, 2020. His work is included in the Foam Photography Museum Permanent Collection, the Fidelity Investments Collection, and the Deutsche Bank Collection, in addition to numerous private collections. Dorf’s books are housed in libraries across the world such as The Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University, and the Avery Library at Columbia University.