Looking for beauty in all the wrong places, Life In Ruins examines the architectural underbelly of US progress. Pre- enjoyed industrial sites, heritage buildings past their due date, Ted Amsden offers no dispassionate view of chaos and decay. This is a fine art smackdown between beauty and the beast. Inside and close up , the viewer becomes an explorer intrigued with the layers of human use but denying the waste. Viewing is a challenge but always cathartic.