Toller Kurzfilm von Matthew Miller über die Arbeiten von Ed Ruscha, der vor allem für seine fotobasierten Gemälde, seine Straßenfotografie und die panorama-artigen Collagen sequenzieller Aufnahmen der Straßen von Los Angeles berühmt wurde. Im Kurzfilm liest Ed Ruscha Passagen aus Jack Kerouacs großem Roman On The Road, der auch in der Kunst von Ruscha immer wieder auftauchte. Ein Kurzfilm-Mashup aus Beatnik-Kunst, toll!
Commissioned by The Getty Museum on the occasion of their 2019 Getty Medal to the painter, draftsman, photographer, and bookmaker, Ed Ruscha. Utilizing The Getty Research Institute’s preservation and digitization of over a million images from Ed’s Streets of Los Angeles photo series, and excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road,” this film puts together two of Ed’s major inspirations: Kerouac’s text and the city of Los Angeles.
Aus einem Interview mit Matthew Miller:
“The city of Los Angeles and Jack Kerouac’s On The Road show up in a lot of Ed’s work. He made a big artist book version of the novel and quotes from the book appear in a handful of his paintings. Kerouac originally wrote the novel on one continuous 120 foot-long scroll, which reminded me of Ed’s 27 foot-long book.
We made our selections with the goal of constructing a mini narrative that evoked Ed’s sensibilities. Ed’s perspective seemed to speak to the signage and architecture of the city, while Kerouac’s voice felt like it was pulling in all the lively characters of the street. I think we ended up with a mix of the two.
The connection between their style and their use of language feels really strong, but at the end of the day, I simply thought it’d be great to hear Ed Ruscha read On The Road. Something about Ed’s voice just feels right. Something about his work just feels right. It’s like the images, the words, and the forms he makes were always meant to be together.”
Bonustrack: „Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words, Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on the occasion of their 2016 gala event in tribute to Ed Ruscha and his 60 years of contribution to the arts. Narrated by Owen Wilson.“