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PostSubject: Josie Tarr (Ed Ruscha)   Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:30 pm





Ed Ruscha does some pretty awesome stuff. He was actually born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937 (there were people living in Nebraska back then???) and he's still alive today. That makes him almost 80 years old.

That being said, he makes some really cool pop-art things like the picture above, along with paintings, etchings, photographs, etc. He likes using layers and text, a technique I think leads to some awesome and deceptively simple pieces. When I first saw the top above picture, I thought "wow that's nothing to special," although I liked the colors of red, grey and black. When I looked longer I noticed the text layers within each other and had a fun viewing experience, as the colors and size draw the eye into a triple pattern of reading the text.

He also does some neat art using signs and streets, always lots of geometric lines that somehow have a softness to them. I mean, a blank street sign should be boring, right? But Ed uses negative and positive space, and the viewers' imagination, to imbue his seemingly ambiguous subjects with life and mystery.

Why is the sign blank? Why do I get a weird empty feeling when I see it? confused

It's questions like these, paired with Ed's simplistic and clean approach, that make his work enjoyable to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Josie Tarr (Ed Ruscha)   Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:31 pm

here's the 2nd pic since it didn't paste right:
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