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FSU Art Alum Ruth Dusseault in MODERN NATURE showings

Published October 15, 2012
110 NE 36th Street at Midtown blvd, Miami, FL 33138
ATLANTA – Hagedorn Foundation Gallery is pleased to present Atlanta photographer
Ruth Dusseault’s “Modern Nature.” Dusseault has been shooting manmade interventions
in the landscape since the early Nineties and has produced several series exploring urban
and suburban environments. Her oeuvre has included the razing of midtown Atlanta’s steel
mill and subsequent building of Atlantic Station on its site; photo documents of the
development of the Atlanta Belt Line; and images of constructed paintball battlefields
around the country – all examples of man’s utopian optimism about the cultures he
creates and controls. In 2003, Dusseault told Art Papers, “Just to see the  (environment evolve)
. . . is clueing me into the historical reality in which I am living.”
The series Modern Nature focuses on tourist attractions of the South and specifically
examines idiosyncratic structures and inventions designed by amateurs and entrepreneurs
in the Thirties and Forties for these locales. The work is exhibited in over-sized Cibachrome
panoramas reminiscent of the highway billboards that advertised such sites. Dusseault poetically
documents these architecture and design relics, inferentially commenting on their communal and
environmental impact and the radical transformation of the land by the American idea of progress.
Ms. Dusseault has had solo exhibitions at the High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Contemporary
Art Center, and has exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Houston Center for Photography,
Bemis Center for the Arts, Omaha; Boston Center for the Arts, and various commercial and
university galleries. She has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize, ACP Film/ Video Festival;
an Artadia award; finalist Hudgens Prize and is the recipient of many awards, grants and
fellowships for her photography, including the award from the National Endowment for the
Arts that funded this project. Her work is in the collections of the High Museum of Art; Lucinda
Bunnen Collection; Greenville Museum of Art; Southeast Louisiana University Museum of Art;
Citicorp; King and Spalding; Alston & Bird, LLP, and Carson & Guest. Ms. Dusseault is also a sought
after artist-in-residence, lecturer, panelist and curator on space/place and natural landscapes altered
by human creativity and industry.
For more information please contact:
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
404.492.7718 ||