Movement, of text and of people (especially in cars), is an important motif for Ruscha, who looks as closely at space as he does the page. Motor City, a 2009 portfolio of aquatints, commemorates the freedom of the open highway by using the typographic and iconic logos of U.S. car companies, and specific models: Ford, Chevy, Cadillac, Chrysler, and others. His love of the open roads, skies, and land of the West is condensed into these precise symbols. As in all of Ruscha’s work, letters and signs take on more than their concrete meaning, and yet are abstract and free.
“Ed Ruscha” is on view at Crown Point Press, San Francisco, Apr. 7 – May 29, 2015.