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Scratches on the Film (work of art)

Artwork Info

Artist
Ed Ruscha
Artist Details
American
1937-
Medium
Painting
Created
1993
Dimensions
36 1/16 x 72 in.
(91.6 x 182.9 cm)

About

Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha transforms his canvas into a convincing imitation of the texture of an old piece of film, scratched and faded to a sepia color. Floating on the simulated celluloid are the final words of a vintage motion picture. The oversize, old-fashioned Gothic lettering summons the nostalgic romanticism of old movies, a mood complicated by the apocalyptic implications of the inscribed message and the creeping realization that the artist’s tone might well be mock-serious.

Ruscha draws on the power of cinema. In addition, by giving everyday phrases glorified treatment, he encourages a reconsideration of the complex relation between usage and meaning.

tags: communication, time, variation, movie, narrative

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  • Ed Ruscha Scratches on the Film 1993 Painting

    Scratches on the Film by Ed Ruscha

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Credit

Purchased with funds from the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Art Trust Fund