About this artwork
This lithographic print on paper is one of numerous artworks by Ruscha containing the earth as seen from space, with a horizontal format to emphasise a panoramic quality. An incongruous and playful relationship is created between the text overlaid on the image and the backdrop itself, where the signage for ‘Girls’ bears no reference to the arrows pointing at the Earth. Ruscha uses a deliberately neutral typeface here which he describes as ‘no-style’ or ‘Boy Scout Utility Modern’, which has become his trademark, with squared off letters similar to those in the Hollywood sign.
- title: Girls
- accession number: AL00305
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Lithograph on paper
- date created: 1982
- measurements: 63.50 x 86.40 cm (framed: 79.50 x 102.40 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.