Press for Books and Co.
Rather than quarantined in vitrines—though some are—the books on the walls offer their smells and textures to the viewer. The glossy, flimsy and colorful pages of Harlan Erskine’s Ten Convenient Stores (2005), for example, mimic those of magazines found within his convenient stores. Erskine’s book, clearly riffing on Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations, documents the stores’ exteriors, highlighting their neon signs, florescent interior lights and colorful advertisements plastered on the windows. The book’s thin glossy pages, however, tactilely move us through the stores’ front doors into the shelves of cheap commercial goods we know are there but cannot see.
Press For Various Small Books: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha Books & Co. Gagosian Gallery was a fantastic success. I'm very happy to be part of it. The opening on Tuesday, March 5th was widely attended. It was great to meet so many different artists who were influenced by Ruscha. I have to thank Gagosian gallery for putting on the show and for the reception after the opening. Thanks to Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, and Hermann Zschiegner for making Various Small Books and Books & Co. possible. Much respect to the artist Ed Ruscha. His publication, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, provided a language of minimalist sequence and seriality which has influenced the work of many contemporary artists, as well as my book, ten convenient stores.