Mobil - Shamrock, Texas (from Five Views from the Panhandle Series) (1962 / 2007)
About this artwork
As one of a series of five, this shot was originally taken in 1962 by Ruscha on a road trip across Texas. During the trip he documented gas stations along the famous Route 66, between his childhood home in Oklahoma and his current home in Southern California. In this series Ruscha references the classic American road trip theme which would recur frequently in his work. Ruscha also explores architectural repetition. He said, “I was interested in this crazy little design that was repeated by all the gas companies to make stations with an overhang to create shade for their customers. It seemed to me a very beautiful statement.” In 2006 and 2007, he printed this work as part of a portfolio of five photographs from the original negatives shot in 1962.
- title: Mobil - Shamrock, Texas (from Five Views from the Panhandle Series)
- accession number: AL00240
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Silver gelatin print
- date created: 1962 / 2007
- measurements: 25.00 x 20.30 cm (frame 38.00 x 38.00 x 4.50 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
- copyright: © Ed Ruscha.
Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Oklahoma and studied in Los Angeles. Ruscha's work is diverse and experimental. Since childhood he has been interested in commercial art, in the form of advertising, comic books and magazines. This led to his first paintings featuring words, produced in the late 1950s. Ruscha is equally known for his books of deadpan photographs, such as 'Twenty-six Gasoline Stations' of 1963 and volumes of banal photographs of buildings. In his work Ruscha aims to challenge accepted concepts of language and meaning, often by combining unrelated words and images.