Casterline|Goodman Gallery is proud to present Straight from L.A.…Drawings and Paintings by Ed Ruscha, on view from June 15th to July 30th, 2015. The gallery will hold a reception on July 3rd from 6-8pm for the final month of the show, as well as in celebration of the July 4th weekend.
Casterline|Goodman has been collecting Ed Ruscha's work for years, and the gallery continues to be an expert on Ruscha's market. Casterline|Goodman's collection features many significant works including Ruscha's Rooms, H.M.S. Nevertheless, Las Palmas, The World and Kay-Eye-Double-S.
Ed Ruscha is an American artist that emerged as a Pop Artist in the 1960s. He was born in 1937 in Nebraska and studied at the California Institute for the Arts from 1956 to 1960 under Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer. After graduating, he traveled around Europe before taking a job as a layout artist in Los Angeles. Ruscha became a part of the Ferus Gallery Group, which represented artists as John McCracken and Larry Bell. It also held Andy Warhol's first solo exhibition of his Campbell's Soup Cans.
By the 1960s, Ruscha was well-known for his prints, collage and paintings. He denies being influenced by his Southern California upbringing, but his use of large, catchy Hollywood-inspired text and California themes seem to be an homage to his roots. His first public work was installed in 2014 on New York City's High Line featuring Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, taken from a pastel drawing he created in 1977. Ruscha's works can be described as stylized representations of American pop culture combined with words and phrases that play with the image and its linguistic meaning. Ruscha works with unconventional media as graphite, gunpowder and pastel to create his word and slogan works. He applies the media with his "drawing tools," which consist of cotton puffs and Q-Tips. These help him create his renowned smoky and illusive effects. By giving his phrases a "physical voice," he created a deadpan humor that is now synonymous with his work.