Defying categorization, Ed Ruscha's photography, drawing, painting, and artist books record the shifting emblems of American life in the last half century. His deadpan representations of Hollywood logos, stylized gas stations, and archetypal landscapes distil the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. Inspired by the ironies and idiosyncrasies of life in Los Angeles, Ruscha inserts glib words and phrases, from colloquial and consumerist usage, atop photographic images or fields of color in his work.
Photo by Aubrey Mayer. Courtesy of Ed Ruscha and Gagosian Gallery.