Press Release / July 7, 2012

"Environmental Occupations": A photography exhibition by Mark Dorf

Mark Dorf, B.F.A., photography, 2011, "Time," archival pigment print, 24" x 34", 2011.


LACOSTE, France - Quiet devastation. These two words are used by artist and SCAD alumnus Mark Dorf (B.F.A., photography, 2011) to describe the encroachment of human beings on the natural world, the subject of his seminal new solo exhibition, Environmental Occupations. On display July 7 through Aug. 11 at SCAD Lacoste's Blue gallery, Dorf's series of seven photographs features monolithic cubes emerging from the ground as a foreboding presence in an otherwise calm, natural environment. The landscapes vary from desert canyons to lush green fields, but the common thread throughout the series is the coalescence of the natural and man-made worlds. In Dorf's 2010 triptych, Progress, the concrete structures are scattered in the foreground and background of a serene field, and cast in a light that suggests sunset or sunrise. In The Architect, he introduces a human figure that contemplates the giant structure looming before him. Dorf's work ultimately urges viewers to reflect upon the fact that as we grow and build new urban spaces, we often leave a path of destruction in our wake. Concurrent with Environmental Occupations is Streaming Spirits, an exhibition of new and existing prints by Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond. Guest curated by Crista Cloutier, many of the prints on view were created in collaboration with SCAD printmaking students. "SCAD is committed to hosting exhibitions by talented alumni such as Mark Dorf in order to provide their work with greater exposure and to inspire our current student artists," said Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD's executive director of exhibitions. "Exhibiting Dorf alongside such internationally renowned and respected artists such as Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond is an invaluable opportunity for a rising artist's career." The exhibition and opening artist reception are free and open to the public. For more information, visit scadexhibitions.com or call +33 (0) 4 90 75 66 34. About Mark Dorf Mark Dorf graduated with a B.F.A. in photography from SCAD in 2011. Dorf's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and is included in the SCAD permanent collection. This year he received the Emerging Artist award from Phoenix Gallery in Chelsea, New York, New York. Dorf currently lives and works in Hudson, New York. SCAD Lacoste's 10th Anniversary Year SCAD Lacoste offers an opportunity for students, professors and visiting artists to spend a quarter immersed in the rich culture of Provence. Formerly the Lacoste School of the Arts (founded in 1970 by American painter Bernard Pfriem), SCAD Lacoste was founded in 2002 when the School of the Arts donated its historic buildings to SCAD in exchange for its commitment to make substantial investments in their renovation and restoration. SCAD Lacoste offers a year-round academic curriculum, as well as other programs and workshops for students, professors, visiting artists and the general public. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, SCAD Lacoste hosts a series of public programs and exhibitions for students and the local and regional communities. Among the highlights of the 10th Anniversary Year is the opening of the Maison Basse, a collection of four 15th-century structures located near the SCAD Lacoste location. The buildings, considered historic treasures of Provence, were formerly owned by the Marquis de Sade and his family, and have undergone extensive restoration by SCAD. Opening in Fall 2012, the Maison Basse will serve as art facilities for SCAD students and the Lacoste community. Featured public programs through the 10th Anniversary Year include exhibitions and workshops by acclaimed artists Kiki Smith and Valerie Hammond, a solo show by French artist Mohamed Bourouissa, and the fifth annual Sidewalk Arts Festival in the village of Lacoste. About SCAD The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 areas of study, as well as minors in nearly 60 disciplines in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning. SCAD has more than 20,000 alumni and offers an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation. The diverse student body, consisting of more than 11,000 students, comes from all 50 United States and nearly 100 countries worldwide. Each student is nurtured and motivated by a faculty of more than 700 professors with extraordinary academic credentials and valuable professional experience. These professors emphasize learning through individual attention in an inspiring university environment. SCAD's innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources and has garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications, including 3D World, American Institute of Architects, BusinessWeek, Design Intelligence, U.S. News & World Report and the Los Angeles Times.

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