‘The mattresses become not just litter in the landscape but more like scary animals.’ — Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha has been casting his eye across the landscapes of the American west for over 50 years, taking in everything from gas stations to swimming pools to sublime mountain ranges.
The artist noticed the mattresses cast aside on the streets of LA and began photographing them systematically before translating the images into pictures on paper-like museum board.
The consistent neutral background emphasises the typological nature and the heightened formality of the series, transforming the boxes of springs and padding into geometric abstractions.
Designed in close collaboration with Ruscha, this lavish cardboard-paged artist’s book is published retrospectively of the exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 3 November 2015 – 16 January 2016.