Axiom and Simulation
- Maria Passarivaki
Imagine that you are walking in the woods observing various fictional figures to flow around the trees, some are peeled from the solid ground. How would your human eyes react on this? And then, what is the heterogeneity between something natural and something unnatural, the ordered and the deconstructed? Having as an axiom his imaginary and a camera as gear, Mark Dorf explores the external environments that surround us. In his latest work ‘Axiom and Simulation’, which took place in Skagaströnd, Iceland, he conceptualizes a photographic series in order to convice about the power that the human beings have as to manipulate a real world-process.
Dorf’s work is a staright-forward reminder that at the end of the day we perceive the surroundings in our very own way, nevertheless, our minds are always conditioned to accepting nature as nature. The series has a flair, blending the fields of sculpture and photography, and the natural with the digital. One could describe it minimal yet complex, as the result is architecturally precise and the beauty of his photos are forged by the same natural habitat. In his work context, Dorf achieves an environment rendering the physical objects and spaces – reminiscent of the severe natural landscapes of Iceland.
By questioning ‘what did create them?’, we are expieriencing an extraordinary spectacle. ‘When observing these simulations and interpretations of our landscape within a single context or picture plane, ideas of accuracy, futility, and original experience arise’, the artist adds himself. The chances, however, that you could come across any of these forms would be nonexistent. But, in many times is good to employ the false vision to empahsise the true.
All images © Mark Dorf