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Watersides: Mark Ludak & Ira Wagner
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.
Ludak 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.
Wagner 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.
Mark Ludak: http://www.markludak.com/
Ira Wagner: https://iwagner100.com/