Measures of Distance

I am reminiscing about a road trip I was taken on last summer across the United States. We drove from Washington D.C to Mississippi and Louisiana (ending in New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico!) and then back up to D.C and onto Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. Here’s a match up of two pieces of work that both celebrate the terrifying, fertile, super-sized lands of North America.

Ed Ruscha

Olds 1988 / 1989

acrylic on canvas

48 x 48″

“He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night..”

– The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald


One response to “Measures of Distance

  1. Saw this in Belem ‘museum’ of modern art just west of Lisbon. It was my favourite piece in the show. Can someone, other than Ed, tell me why?
    Ed, if you wish, you can respond!

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