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Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel

April 29 – June 28, 2015
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Curators: Paul Roth and Dr. Gaelle Morel

Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) has become one of Canada’s most respected landscape photographers during a career spanning three decades. Working primarily in the western territories of the United States and Canada, Ruwedel documents traces and imprints of human activity on the earth. He describes the process as “an inquiry into the histories, cultural and natural, of places that reveal the land as both a field of human endeavour and an agent of historical processes.”

This exhibition celebrates Ruwedel’s selection as winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award. It includes works from the artist’s many long-term projects, including Terres des Hommes, The Italian Navigator, Westward the Course of Empire, Shelter and Desert Houses. The Ryerson Image Centre is proud to continue its multi-year partnership with Scotiabank to honour a leading Canadian artist working with photographic media.





Event(s):

Artist Lecture

Mark Ruwedel
Wednesday, May 5
7:00 PM

Opening Reception and Book Signing
Mark Ruwedel
Friday, May 7
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Exhibition Tour
Mark Ruwedel
Thursday, May 20
6:00 PM

A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

A geometric metal structure sits atop wood beams in the middle of a field
Fig. 1

Mark Ruwedel, California Valley #4G, 2006, archival digital print. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45 

Diptych of a run-down white pick up truck in the desert
Fig. 2

Mark Ruwedel, White Pickup Truck, 2013. 2 chromogenic prints in handmade book. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45 

A passport and water bottle tangled in the branches of a bush
Fig. 3

Mark Ruwedel, Crossing #14, 2005. From the series Crossing, 2001–ongoing. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45 

Diptych of a cave looking out onto an open terrain
Fig. 4

Mark Ruwedel, Fish Cave, 1996. From the Series The Ice Age. 2 toned gelatin silver prints mounted on board with graphite lettering. Mark Ruwedel, Crossing #14, 2005. From the series Crossing, 2001–ongoing. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45 

A bent and broken LP lies covered in sand
Fig. 5

Mark Ruwedel, LP #15, 2009, from the series 12 LPs.  Gelatin silver print mounted on archival board. Courtesy of the artist, Gallery Luisotti and Art 45 

Artist and Curator Bios

Mark Ruwedel
Artist

Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) received an MFA in photography in 1983 from Concordia University, Montreal, where he taught through 2000. After a few years in Vancouver, in 2002 Ruwedel relocated to teach at California State University in Long Beach. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major museum collections, among them the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and Tate Modern, London, England. Ruwedel is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Los Angeles, Galerie Art 45 in Montreal, Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, and Galerie Françoise Paviot in Paris. He presently divides his time between Long Beach and Refuge Cove, British Columbia.

Paul Roth
Curator

Paul Roth is Director of the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, he served as Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and as Executive Director of The Richard Avedon Foundation in New York. Roth has organized numerous exhibitions and film series, including Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel (2015); Edward Burtynsky: Oil (2009), Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power (2008), Sally Mann: What Remains (2004), and I…Dreaming: The Visionary Cinema of Stan Brakhage (National Gallery of Art, 2002). Among his writings are: Gordon Parks, from the series Photo Poche (Actes Sud, 2013); Gordon Parks: Collected Works (Steidl, 2012); “Unholy Trinity” in Richard Avedon: Murals and Portraits (Gagosian, 2012); and Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power (Steidl/Corcoran, 2008). In addition, Roth has helped organize the archives of photographers as Robert Frank, Richard Avedon, and Garry Winogrand.

Dr. Gaelle Morel
Curator

Dr. Gaelle Morel is an art historian and Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada. She received her PhD in the History of Contemporary Art from Universite Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France. Her research and recent work deal with the figure of the artist as author in French contemporary photography. She also works on the artistic and cultural recognition of the medium in the United States in the 1930s. She was, until 2013, a member of the board of the Societe francaise de photographie, and a member of the editorial committee of Etudes photographiques, a bilingual peer reviewed journal on the history of photography. She edited Les Derniers Tableaux. Photojournalisme et art contemporain (Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2008) and co-wrote with Thierry Gervais La Photographie published by Editions Larousse in France (2008, 2011). She was a recipient of a Terra Foundation for American Art Travel Grant in 2007, for her work on the American art dealer Julien Levy who closely worked with Berenice Abbott in the 1920s and 1930s.

Installation Shots

Grid of framed photographs on a grey wall, to the left an opening to another gallery space
Fig. 1

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel (installation view), 2015 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

Three photographs of abandoned buildings
Fig. 2

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel (installation view), 2015 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

Diagonal view of two open books in a white display case
Fig. 3

Scotiabank Photography Award: Mark Ruwedel (installation view), 2015 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

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A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival