MESSAGE FROM THE EXTERIOR by Mark Ruwedel [SPECIAL EDITION]

アメリカ・カリフォルニア出身のフォトグラファー、マーク・ラウェーデル(Mark Ruwedel)の作品集。本作は砂漠の苛酷な環境の中に佇む廃墟や、住む人もなく荒れ果てた家屋の調査記録となっており、作者は文化史と自然史が深く刻まれたロサンゼルス東部の砂漠地帯を調査対象に選んだ。その多くは一風変わったあばら屋であるが、どの家屋も慎ましく、滑稽さとわびしさが漂う。土地固有の建築様式の目録からは、そこに住まう人の生活の断片や荒々しい環境に居を構えるという衝動が儚くも破れ去った様が垣間見える。「砂漠の家(’Desert Houses’)」と題す一冊めでは、68もの砂漠の建築構造を収録。二冊め「夕闇(’Dusk’)」では、日没後の闇夜に浮かぶ家々の写真で構成される。家を覆いつくす夕闇の翳によって、その建物の存在はより曖昧にされ、人々に打ち捨てられた孤独がいっそう際立たされる。

Message from the Exterior explores the ruins and remains of failed attempts to live in the desert’s harsh environments, depicting abandoned houses – small, often eccentric huts, both humorous and a little forlorn. Ruwedel examines the desert regions east of Los Angeles as a palimpsest of cultural and natural histories, presenting an inventory of a particular, and poignant, form of vernacular architecture; each structure might be read as a clue to the lives of anonymous individuals, and the impulse to create a home in the wilderness, however transitory. The first section, 'Desert Houses', comprises 68 desert structures, while the second section, ‘Dusk’, presents houses photographed after the sun had disappeared over the horizon, now rendered in subdued, dusky tones that suggest both present and absence, and the weight of isolation. For the special edition, each of sections is divided to two hardback volumes, that are housed together in a slipcase, and including a signed and numbered gravure print.

by Mark Ruwedel

REGULAR PRICE ¥40,000

hardcovers in a slipcase
including a prints signed and numbered by Mark Ruwedel
print: gravure print

2 books in a set
120 pages + 56 pages
240 x 300 mm
black and white
limited edition of 150 copies
2016

SIGNED & NUMBERED BY MARK RUWEDEL

published by MACK