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Mark Ruwedel
From April 19th 1983 to May 7th 1983
Photographies

The photographs to be exhibited are from an ongoing, open-ended exploration of the contemporary landscape. Most of them have been made in the past two years, in the Montreal area, Eastern Pennsylvania, New York and Southern New Jersey, places I have been familiar with longer than I have been photographing. My desire is both to enrich and expand the ideas of possibilities of the photographs and to increase understanding of the subject matter.

I am interested in certain aspects of the altered environment and the design, either planned or accidental, of used spaces. The work considers the interaction of the made and the natural and the resultant tensions or harmonies. In most cases I have avoided including people in the images in order to call attention to the environments themselves, although their presence is always implied by the objects and places pictured.

The photographs are made in an attitude of curiosity and with a certain amount of acceptance and respect for the subject.
- Mark Ruwedel, Artist's statement (September 25, 1982)