Saturday, May 3, 2008

Wayne White & Ed Ruscha

I've been digging Wayne White's work ever since I saw a painting of his hanging at Fred62 in Los Feliz. He takes, cheaply mass produced lithogaphs from thrift stores and painstakingly writes bold typefaces on them in a glossy 3-D style.

The works are very kitschy of course, but I like to think that there's something extra wonderful about the opportunity White envisioned when he began this collection. To recycle neglected art in this way is something I totally respect.

Specifically, what I love about White's works is the similarities to earlier works of Ed Ruscha.


SYI: Wayne White worked as a set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse, for which he won an Emmy. He has also done the art direction on two seminal music videos, Peter Gabriel's Big Time in 1986 for which he won a Billboard award for best Art Direction in a music video. In 1996 he designed all the Georges Méliès inspired sets for the award winning video for the Smashing Pumpkins, Tonight, Tonight.

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