Ed Ruscha

THE END #40 (2003)

About this artwork

Ruscha has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1956 and since then his visual vocabulary has been hugely informed by the city and its film industry. Hollywood is synonymous with creating and breaking dreams. Indeed, this work, replicating two partial frames from the closing credits of a film strip could signify ‘The End’ of someone’s dream. The artist has created the impression of a film strip caught between two frames by using masking fluid (normally used by water-colourists to preserve the original paper colour during painting) to create the scratches in the celluloid film. He has used a stencil to mask the text as he sprayed the surface with acrylic paint. The paint is thicker at the edges where the text features, allowing it to stand out more from the surface.

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  • title: THE END #40
  • accession number: AR00064
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 2003
  • measurements: 61.00 x 76.20 cm (framed: 70.00 x 85.10 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © ED RUSCHA
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Ed Ruscha

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.