Mark Templeton is a Canadian sound artist and photographer. Since 2007 his sound recordings have been released by labels such as Anticipate, Senufo Editions, Staalplaat, Under the Spire Recordings, SUPERPANG and his own audiovisual label, Graphical, which he established in 2015. In the spring of 2018, he released his first photobook, Distorted Tourist, which included a series of five one-sided flexi records.
In 2021, his new photobook and cassette, Ocean Front Property, will be co-published by The Ice Plant and Graphical.
In the spring of 2019, Mark completed an MFA in Photography through Ulster University in Belfast, NI.
Publishers: The Ice Plant /// Graphical
“I was in search of water and the effect its absence had on me,” writes Canadian sound artist and photographer Mark Templeton about his second photobook, Ocean Front Property. From this sense of absence and geographic isolation grew a new body of work with two components: A book of color photographs, made entirely in the landlocked province of Alberta (“where the nearest ocean is a thousand kilometers away”), and an Audio Experience (a ‘soundtrack’ to the book, included as a digital download or available on a limited edition cassette).
Rooted in the same sense of longing — for the imagined comfort of warm blue water and an escape from one’s familiar surroundings — these complementary sensory worlds form a kind of mirage: a prism of banal surfaces, spaces, and sonic textures through which the fragments of an intangible fantasy can be glimpsed, a circular psychic journey from the desolate to the sublime.
The photobook also contains an 8-page supplement, compiling selections by eight artists whom Templeton invited to choose pairings of sound and image, suggesting possible feedback loops and alternative readings between the audio tracks and his photographs.
By The Way
In 2020 Cosmo Rhythmatic released Rakka, which presented Sasu Ripatti’s glorious return to his most famous alias: Vladislav Delay. The inspiration for this new course was given to Ripatti by a series of ventures into the wilderness of his native Finland. 2021 sees the coming of the second chapter in that very same journey: Rakka II.
Book Specs: Ocean Front Property // Book + Audio Experience // Mark Templeton / texts by Brad Feuerhelm and Ezekiel Honig // Designed by Nicolas Polli // 98 pages // 22.5 x 31.5 cm // Swiss binding + 8 page supplement // 52 color images + soundtrack (digital download or limited edition cassette) // ISBN 978-0-9992655-6-7 // Edition of 300 copies, 40 of which are a special edition // April 2021.