Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Amy Park, Ed Ruscha’s "Every Building on the Sunset Strip" @ Morgan Lehman

Ed Ruscha is funny, and if you missed that in the work, then I think you missed a lot of the point. Somehow making watercolor versions of Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip seems to miss the humor of the original gesture. I always took the work to be a rebuke of the abundance of photographic fact in documentary photography of the day, and how little the visual facts contribute to actual meaning. Ruscha’s giant foldout book served as an extended joke on the earnest documentary photography books of the day. So, I am not sure what to make of Amy Park. She seems to get all the facts of the work but none of the humorous dickishness.


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