5000 W. Carling Way (1967 / 1999)
About this artwork
This aerial shot turns a banal urban landscape into an abstract geometric design. Ruscha captured this empty Los Angeles parking lot at 5000 w. Carling Way early one Sunday morning in 1967 from a helicopter. From above this parking lot appears to be an abandoned urban space, covered in oil stains that mark the traces of human presence. In 1999, Ed Ruscha selected 30 images from his artist book ‘Thirtyfour Parking Lots’ 1967/1999 and reprinted them as the print portfolio ‘Parking Lot Series’ 1967/1999 of which this image is one. He said, “over the years I began to appreciate print quality and see my photographs as not necessarily reproductions for a book, but as having their own life as silver gelatine prints.”
- title: 5000 W. Carling Way
- accession number: AL00248
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Photograph
- materials: Silver gelatin print
- date created: 1967 / 1999
- measurements: 39.40 x 39.40 cm (framed: 56.50 x 56.50 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.