• Sin, 1970

    Sin, 1970

    Ed Ruscha

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    Signed, dated and numbered X/150 in pencil (there were also 5 artist's proofs), published by Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles (with their blindstamp), framed.

    Screenprint in colors, on Louvain Opaque Cover paper, with full margins.

    Ed Ruscha’s Sin presents the single word ‘SIN’ with a trompe l’oeil affect to produce the illusion that the letters have been made from folded paper, emerging from “the traditionally flat, two-dimensional realm of writing into three-dimensional space.”1 Many of Ruscha’s early prints explored the power of single words and the accompanying freedom with which to represent them, as words have no prescribed size.

    The evocative word ‘SIN’ is accompanied by an olive, situated perilously close to the edge of the composition, as if to tease that it might roll away out of sight at any given moment. In many of Ruscha’s early prints, he included unexpected and true-to-size objects, such as an olive, a fly, or a marble.

    The artist once remarked, “Often when an idea is so overwhelming, I use a small unlike item to ‘nag’ the theme.”2 Does the presence of the olive allude to “the power of temptation that attends the theological concept” or does the Surrealist pairing transform a somber notion into “an old idea worthy of a laugh and a martini?”

    Excellent condition. Framed. 

    "I'm dead serious about being nonsensical. I am not a big fan of meaning. Logic is also another nebulous thought."

    Ed Ruscha

    Ed Ruscha, a prominent American artist born in 1937, is known for his pop art contributions that explore the vastness and culture of Los Angeles. Though his career began with a desire to be a commercial artist, Ruscha soon found himself in the heart of the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s.

    Edward Ruscha,Standard Station with Ten-Cent Western Being Torn in Half, 1964