Mark Ruwedel

American, b. 1954

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Mark Ruwedel

American, b. 1954

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Mark Ruwedel traverses the American and Canadian West, producing intimate, evocative black-and-white photographs of its scars: gashes, craters, and weathered structures evidencing its various (mis)uses in the name of art, war, or progress. In the vein of such 19th-century photographers as Carleton Watkins and Timothy O’Sullivan, Ruwedel’s work reads, in part, as a topographical survey of the Western territories, albeit tinged with a sense of loss rather than unbridled opportunism. In his “Westward the Course of Empire” series (1994-2007), he traces abandoned railway lines, which appear as meandering dirt trails or wooden trestles overrun by vegetation. In other series, focused on more recent interventions into this austerely beautiful and storied landscape, and with a nod to artists like Ed Ruscha, Ruwedel has photographed abandoned desert homes, bomb craters caused by military training, and vinyl records inexplicably strewn across the ground.

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Biography

Mark Ruwedel traverses the American and Canadian West, producing intimate, evocative black-and-white photographs of its scars: gashes, craters, and weathered structures evidencing its various (mis)uses in the name of art, war, or progress. In the vein of such 19th-century photographers as Carleton Watkins and Timothy O’Sullivan, Ruwedel’s work reads, in part, as a topographical survey of the Western territories, albeit tinged with a sense of loss rather than unbridled opportunism. In his “Westward the Course of Empire” series (1994-2007), he traces abandoned railway lines, which appear as meandering dirt trails or wooden trestles overrun by vegetation. In other series, focused on more recent interventions into this austerely beautiful and storied landscape, and with a nod to artists like Ed Ruscha, Ruwedel has photographed abandoned desert homes, bomb craters caused by military training, and vinyl records inexplicably strewn across the ground.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Fotofest International
Articles Featuring Mark Ruwedel
Art in Art: Mark Ruwedel on Ed Ruscha’s American West
Jul 15th, 2013
Art in Art: Mark Ruwedel on Ed Ruscha’s American West
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