"It's a dip or rather
a scrape… a dip your right tire will hit if you're traveling correctly in the
middle of the lane. It's not just another dip in the road. Look at it and it
begins to have it's own integrity; it's a flame shape like a fireball or a
meteorite crashing towards the very place on the Sepulveda Boulevard. If you think these paintings are about
meaninglessness, you have not looked long enough at the dip in the road."
- Joan Didion on Ed Ruscha's real life obsession with a hole in a road.
This was one of many great quotes mentioned during Ed Ruscha's brilliant (and very funny) talk last
night with Paul Holdengräber at the New York Public Library. As a photo of the dip was shown on a projector,
Ruscha called it his "Marilyn Monroe.” It was a pothole in the road that
he would look forward to driving over everyday. He planned on having the
dip replicated until the city unexpectedly filled it in a few days before the
casting. The conversation, which suitably ended with Ruscha
reading a short passage he wrote (“Information Man”) about a daydream wondering what
happens to his books after they leave him, coincides with the Gagosian's Books
"Usually when someone says a thing is too simple,
they're saying that certain familiar things aren't there, and they're seeing a
couple maybe that are left, which they count as a couple, that's all. But
actually there may be those couple of things and several new things to which
they aren't paying attention. These may be quite complex." – Donald Judd
Stopped by the Dan
Flavin and Donald Judd exhibit at the new David Zwirner building over the
weekend. Only two of the five expected presentation floors are open for now,
but the beautiful Judd sculpture makes the visit worth it. I see this same kind
of grounded minimalism in the kind of dressing I am drawn to lately – it’s in
an old photo of Lee Radziwill, always chic (her recent interview with Sophia Coppola I
enjoyed); a handsome man with a nice watch and faded blue jeans.
1. Untitled by Donald Judd. First photo taken
by me, last exhibit photo via David Zwirner. Andrew also really
liked the photo exhibit next door at Jack Shainman, massive and stunning film
photos by Zwelethu Mthethwa. 2. Lee
Radizwell, photo via Amanda Brook’s I Love Your Style. She always posts the
best vintage photos. 3. Gardner McKay photo via tumblr.