MARK DORF: TRANSLATIONS
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. I find the landscape to be the perfect platform to develop and reveal complex and abstract ideas because of this familiarity. The landscape 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.
Where these two bodies of work come together is that they both dissect translations of our world. 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 record. 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 complex scientific data collection, that we are able to reveal new information that would otherwise go unseen to the human eye.
Thankfully, these two bodies of work have been embraced by the community in many ways ranging from features on the TIME Lightbox, Foam Magazine, LENSCRATCH, The New Yorker Elements Blog, and HYPERALLERGIC to local and international exhibitions at Postmasters Gallery here in New York City, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and the Contemporary art Museum of Lima in Peru amongst many others – all of which I am so thankful for their continued support.
I want to spread this work even further. It is not always possible for the art lover to bring these works into their home, and it is of course not always possible for someone to go out and see an exhibition – it is however possible for someone to revisit a book endlessly in their personal space. Everyone should have the opportunity to bring art into their home and the photo book is a great way to do so.
TRANSLATIONS: BOOK DETAILS
The book itself is a beautiful object that you will want to care for and keep with you over time.
- The book features a hard cover wrapped with a soft off white linen cloth, a tipped in print on the cover, metallic silver debossed foil stamp, and light blue end pages whose color matches repeated design features throughout the publication.
- 38 color plates, featured in 96 pages, with the dimensions of the book measuring 8.5"x10”.
- Printed in a small edition of 450, each signed and numbered by the artist
- A wonderful essay by New York Times Lens Blog contributor Jonathan Blaustein.
- Beautiful minimal design to compliment the vibrant and complex compositions featured in the publication.
- Offset printed on 180gsm Matte, 4/4 throughout + Gloss Spot Varnish
Donate $10: Thank you + Exclusive GIF
We thank you for your donation! And for this you get an exclusive GIF via e-mail that has yet to be released or seen online!
Donate $15: Limited edition video “untitled9”
For a donation of $15 you get a limited edition video version of “untitled9” from the series //_PATH, from edition of 300, supplied by Sedition to display on any of your iOS or Android devices, Mac or PC computer, Apple TV, or smart TV with the Sedition App.
Donate $45: Pre-Sale Book (70 Available)
For a $45 donation you guarantee yourself a copy of the book upon its release this Fall at the New York Art Book Fair.
Donate $60: Pre-Sale Book + A–B Magazine Issue No. 9 (20 Available)
For a $60 donation you not only guarantee yourself a copy of the book upon its release date, but additionally a copy of Issue No. 9 of Aint–Bad Magazine of which is a beautiful issue that also features an interview with me about my series Emergence. (Full retail $75)
Donate $100: 8"x10" Limited Edition Print (25 Available)
For a donation of $100 you get an 8"x10" unframed print of "untitled9" from //_PATH taken from an edition of 25.
Donate $400: Pre-Sale Book + A–B Issue No. 9 + "Emergent #7"
For a donation of $400 you guarantee yourself a signed and hand numbered copy of the book upon it's release, a copy of Issue No. 9 of Aint–Bad Magazine which is a beautiful issue that also features an interview with me about my series Emergence, plus a special edition 16"x20" unframed print from an edition of five of "Emergent #7" from the series Emergence.
Donate $600: Editioned Unreleased Print (5 Available)
For a donation of $600 you get a full size 24"x30" unframed print of Transposition #6 taken from an edition of 5 that comes from a new body of work I am producing that has yet to be released online or shown in exhibition.
NOTE: For those of you outside the United States that are interested in this reward, please message me for shipping details.
Aint–Bad is an independent publisher of new photographic art, founded in Savannah, Georgia. The collective is dedicated to publishing contemporary photography and text to support a progressive community of artists from around the world through online web features, printed periodicals, monographs, and exhibitions.
Aint–Bad reveals an ever-more urgent, critical conversation about the human condition by way of thought provoking imagery. The periodicals address specific cultural themes or observations, open for interpretive energy. Each monograph is an intimate project with a hand selected artist, printed in small editions with the best materials available.
Aint–Bad’s objective is to stimulate the collection of and appreciation for photography by way of accessible and affordable publications. The brand supports local initiatives by working together with artists, curators, and institutions to help foster a creative community. Aint–Bad was established in 2011 by Carson Sanders, Taylor Curry, Caroline McElhinny, Caitie Moore and James Jackman.
USE OF FUNDS
We look forward to working with the Kickstarter community on funding this project. It will help to support not only I, the artist, in seeing out my specific vision, but help to further define the wonderful goals of Aint–Bad. The book is already fully designed, edited, and ready to be sent to press for release this September of 2016. We just need that last little push to get us to our funding goal. Thank you again for supporting us here in our campaign. Once you have made a pledge, please help to spread the word! Tell your friends, post around the web on social media, and help us keep the ball rolling! Thank you!
Risks and challenges
The risks of publishing a photo book of course include delays in production. With this in mind, both myself and Aint–Bad have experienced these bumps before and are skilled in keeping production in line to ensure a release this September 2016 in time for various launch parties and exhibitions that we have planned. Please stay tuned for more updates regarding the release of this publication.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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