1650 Gallery presents:
Special Photography Exhibition
MARK HEDENGREN: LAKE PHOTOS
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2011
7:30 - 10:30pm
1650 Studio & Gallery, Echo Park
1650 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mark Hedengren
Mark Hedengren has an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and is with Getty Images. He has been in shows juried by the Nation Portrait Gallery and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Mark is also active in film having movies in the Slamdance, BBC Films and directed the feature Sundance Skippy. Mark’s clients include, the EPA, Nu Skin, Novell, Adobe, iOmega, eBay, HP among others.
Also showing at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
In swimming holes I explore the connection between the human and the natural. To show despite man made pools and water slides people are drawn to nature as a means of escaping the summer heat.
The strength and beauty youth will be a major part of the work. It seems that 18-23 year olds who exist in that transient time when one is not a child but not a fully an adult go to swimming holes. Activities such as rope swings and cliff jumping are powerful metaphors for the risks these young adults are taking as they make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.
Though youth make a large percentage of swimming hole patrons they are not the totality. Swimming holes have a way to transcend age, class and creed; all are joined by the cool of the water. I wish to photograph these strong informal communities.
I hoped to do a body of work on human and nature connected through swimming holes. One that would resonate with many people, bring insight into themselves and their relationship with the natural and the landscape.