Monday, May 16, 2016

Every Building on the Sunset Strip article in Modern Painters

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ed Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip, critic Bill Clarke interviewed Clive Phillpot (the founder of NY MoMA's artist book collection and one of the world's leading authorities on artists' publications), and three artists who've made work based on Ruscha's classic: myself, Jonathan Monk and painter Amy Park. The article features in the May issue of Blouin's Modern Painters, on newsstands now.

Monk photographs the sun setting on Sunset, and rather than the inclusive approach of Ruscha, excludes all of the buildings - photographing only the intersections in None of the Buildings on the Sunset Strip.

My bookwork replaces the images with text, including information about every property featured in Ruscha's title. The book is sold with a print, each of which couples an image from the original with the same scene captured in a film or television production.

For Ed Ruscha's Every Building in the Sunset Strip, New York painter Amy Park has painted the photographs from the book as a 97-foot long work that's currently on display at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

Below are examples of the same buildings as they appear in the two projects, and two images from Monk's 2002 title.

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