Eddie Ruscha


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Year 2020
Medium Acrylic on paper
Dimensions 30.3 x 22.9 cm
Nominated by Mathew Hale

About the work

In this series of paintings on paper, Ruscha explores geometric abstraction and interactions of colour to create a psychedelic experience for the viewer. Like some of the pioneers of Op Art, Ruscha is interested in dissecting and dismembering the visual experience. An experimentalist in both fine art and music, Ruscha likens his use of airbrush on these works to playing the ancient Theremin synthesizer, an instrument controlled without physical contact by the musician. Inspired by Abstraction, Dadaism, album art, and poster art, Ruscha’s work challenges the traditional definition of what art can be and invites viewers to focus on enjoying the visual stimulation, free of self-judgement.

About the artist:

Born 1968 Los Angeles, Eddie Ruscha lives and works in Los Angeles. Graduated from California Institute of the Arts (1991).

My practice of art making is always practice. Only it never comes out perfect. Perfection is boring. Perfection is finite. Things shift through time like sliding mud. All art is on the side of a hill and reacts differently when it rains. Some slide down faster and fall into an unknown place. Some explorers dig around and find these buried artifacts and place them back on the hill and see if they stick this time around. There is no telling how the people of the future will perceive an idea. Only art can do that.

His work is held in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Selected solo exhibitions include Turn on Delights, Bale Creek Allen Gallery, Austin (2017); and This is it!, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Local Talent, Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2020); Circle of Truth, New Museum, Los Gatos (2019); Sete-Los Angeles, Show Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Do Your Thing, White Columns, New York (2012); The Archaic Revival, La Cienega Projects, Los Angeles (2010); 14 Artists, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); Los Angeles: Aspects of the Archaic Revival, Galerie Haus Schneider, Karlsruhe (2009); Wall Rockets: Contemporary Artists and Ed Ruscha, The Flag Foundation, New York (2009); One Foot High and Rising, The Balmoral, Venice, CA (2007); National Geographic, Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles (2007); High and Dry, Smoke and Fog, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles (2007); Smoking Mirrors, China Art Objects, Los Angeles (2006); Flood the Gutters, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles (2005); High Desert Test Sites, California Desert, Joshua Tree (2004); and Light and Spaced Out, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, and Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain, Brest (2003). Selected Performances include Slow Show with Dimitri Chamblas, Burkina Faso and other institutions (2019-2020); and An Uncertain View with Francesca Gabbiani, Dimitri Chamblas, Marissa Brown, and Manuela Dalle, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2018); and HÄXAN, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009).

← Giles Round

Interior with Tahiti Lamp and Rotten Fruit

Analia Saban →

Carved Circuit Board

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