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Watersides: Mark Ludak & Ira Wagner

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September 6, 2016 @ 10:00 am November 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Free Event

Reception: September 16, 6 – 8 PM


In this
exhibition, photographers and Monmouth University Art & Design faculty
members Mark Ludak and Ira Wagner present photographs and video reflecting life
today on the coast of New Jersey.   More
than a beach resort, the work shows that this complex area of New Jersey is
being dramatically affected by economic change and global warming, impacting how
people live in this fragile and at times threatening environment. 

concentrates on the abstraction of the coastline affected by rising sea levels
from different vantage points and the faces of fisherman with an emotional and
economic connection to the ocean as a source of sustenance.  Wagner considers what people do to save their
homes, photographing homes being raised on jenga-like supports before coming to
rest on new foundations in response to Hurricane Sandy. 

Ludak has
worked as a documentary and fine art photographer for over 20 years, and has
been on the faculty at Monmouth since 2006. His work has been published and
exhibited internationally.  He is a 2016
recipient of the Puffin Foundation Grant for Photography.  He received an MFA in Photography from Hunter
College, CUNY.

photographs the urban and industrial landscape; previous projects include
photographing the New Jersey Meadowlands, New York City apartment lobbies and
the landscape of the Bronx.  He received
an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford in 2013, after previously
working in banking for more than 25 years.

For more information visit:

Mark Ludak:

Ira Wagner: