A sampling of work
Edward Dormer, a conceptual artist, graciously received an extensive array of awards and opportunities for work exhibited in the United States and Europe. The Pew Charitable Trusts generously funded a fellowship residency and cultural ambassadorship at Château de La Napoule in southern France.
In northern Poland, Gniew Castle granted a public art project and hosted the NOTORO International Art Symposium and Artist Residency. While there Edward received the rare honorary Knighthood of Gniew Castle. The Contemporary Art Museum in Sopot, Poland hosted a residency and arranged a nation-wide cultural tour on his behalf. In Germany, many generous high-profile opportunities allotted a productive year of making works in Berlin and Potsdam and the surrounding region.
His installations and exhibitions have varied in size, place and historical significance. United States sites range from nature preserves to the uncontrollable anthracite mine-fire in renowned Centralia, Pennsylvania, to the Delaware River flowing past Philadelphia’s abandoned industrial piers. In Europe, varied sites prominently include a tomb-tower and neighboring cliff on the French Riviera, to a maple tree grove in the Dordogne Valley. In Poland, a national Teutonic landmark is known as Gniew Castle. And in Germany on a dilapidated military base in Potsdam and contrasting nature preserve in the local countryside.
Unseen historic layers of each place are paramount to their cultural development. Land use, ecological concerns, philosophical underpinnings and ephemeral effects of modern time define each project.
A signature optical phenomenon unique to each installation intentionally engages the viewer over time, setting a contemplative tone. Stoicism and isolation, compassion and reflection, extract meaning and gains understanding ostensibly from nothing. Iconic reverence has no place in this work.
Fruits of European industrialism marks its time.
In a complete reversal, One Day Four Hours was the time an East German Officers Casio burned to the ground. The site-specific exhibit lasted that long. German mined bituminous coal hovers in a pendulum over an ashen Black Hole.