I do love a good Facebook meme. Especially an interactive one. Silly quizzes. Questionnaires. What-have-you. Good fun!
Yes, I know that it can be pure fluff. “What character from what’s-it are YOU?” “Repost such-and-such if you are in solidarity of who-and-why.” No matter. I enjoy that informal connection and play that makes FB a charming place. If that makes me fluffy–so be it.
One that I truly love that is going around is the Art Meme “I will assign you an artist.” I’ve played a couple times and the first time I was given an artist–Gwen John–that I had previously been unaware of. Fun discovery.
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Last week I was assigned Ed Ruscha by the lovely Austin. I have been slow in slapping up my favorite work, because I just have been having fun looking. Remembering. Savoring the journey.
E.R.’s business card
I have lived in LA for the past 20-something years. His work has been in the background of my life all that while. It is interesting to look at it now–as a Midwestern transplant. Someone who never thought she would “end up here.” To find that these images. These colors. This outlook. Has seeped in and taken over. I am a Californian, true.
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But back to Ruscha…
For me, he tells it like it is. Life in all its gloss. Ambiguity. Ridiculous disappointment. Teeming and seething.
Devestating hilarity. And I love it.
Thanks, Austin. For the assignment. To give a shout out to an artist that I really love. Though I had forgotten it. And the chance to touch base with my self this past week.
To acknowledge the fledgeling prairie girl that I was. To the stumbling art student and professional. Angry failed newlywed. To new beginnings. To finally learning to enjoy the journey.
To know that I fully embrace the endlessly flawed, jaded, hopeful Californian that I am today. Hooray!
Thanks, Ed. (Can I call you Ed?) Thanks, Austin.