A new exhibition at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles sees the bringing together of two great art and language visionaries - Ed Ruscha and Jack Kerouac. During the last few years Ruscha has explored the shifting emblems of American life by turning his aesthetic to Kerouac's classic novel On The Road, a documentation of his experiences during road trips in the U.S. and written on a continuous 120 foot-long scroll. Having teamed up with Gagosian Gallery and Steidl to produce a limited edition artist book version of the novel in 2009 featuring photographs that he took, commissioned, or found, Ruscha has created an entirely new body of paintings and drawings that take their inspiration from passages in Kerouacís novel.
The exhibition will showcase Ruscha's edition of the Kerouac novel, six large paintings, and ten drawings created on museum board, each taking their text from On the Road, using phrases like "In California you chew the juice out of grapes and spit away the skin, a real luxury."
"Ed Ruscha: On The Road" opened yesterday (4 July) and will be running through 2 October, 2011.
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