Photography, Publications

DOG HOUSES

Mark Ruwedel’s book explores the relationship between owner and animal in Southern California’s barren landscape.

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DOG HOUSES

Culled from his larger Desert House series, Mark Ruwedel’s new book, Dog Houses, is a photographic journey into Southern California’s barren landscape and the dilapidated homes that dot the area. The Los Angeles–based photographer has spent a serious amount of time driving across America’s western frontier to document an array of subjects that speak to him—from the random surplus of broken records stuck in the sands of Joshua Tree National Park to the nuclear-bomb test sites sprinkled around Nevada and Utah. His visual studies are as researched as they are serendipitous, and can include several years of dutiful investigation.

Dog Houses collects 30 colour images shot by Ruwedel while working on various desert projects over 10 years. The focus is as much to report on the history of the area as it is to explore the relationship between owner and animal. Their houses are often constructed from the same materials, and both have failed to beat the desert’s demanding environment.

Ruwedel became interested in photography while studying painting, and his cinematic, large-format photographs have garnered him space in museums like Tate Modern, LACMA, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dog Houses, published
by Rizzoli, promises a haunting and at times humorous look at dog versus desert. 


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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS

A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.

None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?

THE WRONG END OF THE STICK

Grippingly cringeworthy in places and charmingly endearing throughout, The Wrong End of the Stick is a dark comedy by Terri Matthews. Malcolm’s humdrum life is interrupted by an identity crisis, leading him down a bizarre and beautiful tale of things left unsaid, leg-humping, and plenty of awkward staring. Set against a live-action background, but with very human animated characters, Matthews manages to expertly play with humour and heart, touching on carnal urges, communication and open-mindedness.

BEAST MADE

New York frontiers-label Best Made caters for doers, makers, explorers, inventors, artists, and, now, your dog.

PET-TECTURE

A book crammed with architectural designs for pets who fit in the palm of your hand to pets who practically need their own house.

RESIDENT DOG

Resident Dog makes for a beautiful addition to any coffee table, but it might be difficult to keep your own pup from putting its paws all over it. 

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