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Mark Ruwedel

Mark Ruwedel

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ISBN 10: 3869309288 / ISBN 13: 9783869309286
Published by Steidl Gerhard Verlag Apr 2015, 2015
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Neuware - Over the past three decades, Mark Ruwedel has examined the intersections of representation, cultural memory, and the shifting perceptions of space. His work is an epic account of North American civilization, extending from topologies of urban architecture to large-scale projects such as 'The Ice Age' and 'Westward the Course of Empire.' Ruwedel represents landscape as a site where radically different scales of time intertwine. Picturing the earth as an enormous historical archive, he describes his work as 'an inquiry into the histories, cultural and natural, of places that reveal the land as both a field of human endeavor and an agent of historical processes.' Ruwedel spotlights traces of human activity-whether an ancient footpath in Death Valley or a rotting wooden trestle abandoned after the failure of the Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern Railroad-in relation to geographic and geological upheavals that have shaped the earth's surface. Ruwedel thus historicizes nature's transformation of human structures into relics on their way to obliteration. 228 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783869309286

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Title: Mark Ruwedel

Publisher: Steidl Gerhard Verlag Apr 2015

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Buch

Book Condition:Neu

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Over the past three decades, Mark Ruwedel (born 1954) has examined the intersections of representation, cultural memory and shifting perceptions of space. His work is an epic account of North American civilization, extending from topologies of urban architecture to large-scale projects such as The Ice Age and Westward the Course of Empire. Ruwedel represents landscape as a site where radically different scales of time intertwine. Picturing the earth as an enormous historical archive, he describes his work as "an inquiry into the histories, cultural and natural, of places that reveal the land as both a field of human endeavor and an agent of historical processes." Ruwedel spotlights traces of human activity―whether an ancient footpath in Death Valley or a rotting wooden trestle abandoned after the failure of the Vancouver, Victoria and Eastern Railroad―in relation to geographic and geological upheavals that have shaped the earth's surface.

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Ruwedel’s austere, restrained images embrace the emptiness against which the American ethos is posed; they set the hubris that defines the frontier mentality against the visible remains of the longer histories that anticipated it. (Eugenie Shinkle American Suburb)

Steidl beautifully translates the lush tonality and tactile quality of his black-and-white (and occasional color) photographs to the printed page, employing a straightforward layout that echoes the work’s minimal aesthetic. Presented individually and in chronological order, Ruwedel’s projects become more resonant when viewed within the context of his vast and tightly coherent oeuvre, marked by consistent formal, aesthetic and conceptual interests. (Allie Haeusslein Photo-Eye Blog)

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