Dreams

Ed Ruscha

An evolving visual and conceptual device Ruscha has used in his work is the pairing of text imagery with backgrounds he referred to, in a 1998 Getty Center lecture, as "suggestors". Whether definite images or simply atmospheric environments for his words, these backgrounds are evocative in themselves and can create a dynamic within the work. A dynamic of tension can be achieved if the suggestor condradicts the text with which the visual space is shared, or a dynamic of harmony is made, as in the present work Dreams. In one recurring motif, Ruscha presented suggestors that appeared as though light from an unseen casement window had thrown gridded patterns across a surface. In Dreams, he goes a step further and presents the window itself, along with the suggestion that what lies beyond is such stuff as dreams are made on.

Artist
Ed Ruscha (b. 1937)
Title
Dreams
Medium
Mixed Media
Date
1985
Size
22 7/8 x 28 7/8 in : 58.0 x 73.4 cm
Inscriptions
Signed and dated lower right
Provenance
Private collection, Los Angeles
Registration
Registered by the Edward Ruscha studio under no. D1985.82
Reference
C16-15
Status
Sold

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