About the Artist
Mark Ruwedel is an American-born artist who has worked in both Canada and the United States. He has won the Scotiabank Photography Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts. His books include Message from the Exterior (MACK, 2016); Mark Ruwedel (Scotiabank/Steidl, 2015); Pictures of Hell (Ram, 2014); and Westward the Course of Empire (Yale University Art Gallery, 2008).
Selected solo exhibitions: “Hell and Home,” Yossi Milo Gallery, New York (2017); Scotiabank Photography Award, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (2015); “Pictures of Hell,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA (2015); “Imprints: Photographs by Mark Ruwedel,” Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA (2010)
Selected group exhibitions: “About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2016); “The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art,” The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2015); “Land Marks,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013);
Selected collections: Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
About The Work
Mark Ruwedel has photographed landscapes in Canada and the United States for more than three decades. This image, from his series Desert Houses, is part of the artist’s sustained meditation on the perpetual negotiation between people and places. It depicts an abandoned house in the desert regions east of Los Angeles, an area layered with both cultural and natural histories. The image testifies to the impulse to create a home in the wilderness, however transitory, and points to myths of the West that have driven American expansion throughout its history.