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Mark Luthringer

Mark Luthringer

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Artist Work

Office Parks (20)
2007
digital images, 1 inkjet print or 20 inkjet prints
Mall Rooflines (20)
2007
digital images, 1 inkjet print or 20 inkjet prints
Ridgemont
2004-
digital images, inkjet prints
variable size and numbers of images; currently over 60 images in the series
Account Control Technology
2004-
digital images, inkjet prints
variable sizes and numbers of images
40 Monuments to Progress
2002-2006
Black and White (silver based) photography
40 16x20 inch black and white prints
Evaporating
2002
Black and White (silver based) photography
16x20 inches

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
5103388687
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Sample Artist Statement (Ridgemont Typologies): The typological array’s inherent ability to depict prevalence and repetition make it the perfect technique for examining the excess, redundancy, and meaningless freedom of our current age of consumption. Part of my intent with this work is to answer the question implied by the title of Robert Adams’s book What We Bought: If there is some kind of big sellout occuring, what are we getting in the deal? The typological form acheives an uncanny synergy and resonance with this subject matter because it mimics the mental images I suspect many of us form as way ordering the chaos of abundance that surrounds us. We can’t help but form in our heads lists, groups and categories based on product, brand, price point, style, market segment, country of origin, etc. To see one of these turned into a group of images lined up together can be unnerving, though, as if actually seeing it in print allows us to see it, or rather, be confronted by it, in a way never possible when it’s just in our heads. We are presented with order, and while it is often an absurd, seemingly pointless order, it is one that we recognize immediately.

Artist Bio

I am a Baltimore-based photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California, SF Camerawork, the SFMOMA Artist Gallery, 3A Garage: Architecture, and the University of Nevada Reno's Exit Gallery, and published in Arc Ca, Architecture, Dwell, Photo Metro, and Photo News.

My work overlaps both the silver and digital eras: from early lyrical landscape work and plastic camera explorations to large format architectural work to later conceptual work done with digital tools.

Here is a quick outline of the the most important work I have done over the last 20 years or so, in chronological order:
20th Century Ruins makes heroes out of decaying mid century architecture.
• A response to the 9/11 attacks, Latent uses a lyrical vision in the service of a cautionary message.
• 40 Monuments to Progress uses careful formality in a deadpan look at bits and pieces of infrastructure.
• My first digital project, Ridgemont is a catalog of suburban neighborhood signage, assembled to show the irony and absurdity inherent in the subject.
• Having fully embraced a serialized, typological approach with Ridgemont, I applied it to a range of other subjects in Ridgemont Typologies, assembling these groups into grids that comment on the excess and redundancy of consumer society.
• Several of the typologies have become separate groups of their own. Account Control Technology is formally similar to Ridgemont - signage in its environment - but here the subjects are found in office parks and outside corporate facilites.

Currently I am working on a catalog of office park architecture and a series on billboards.

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