The Invention of Los Angeles | Ed Ruscha | Socks Studio
The artist executed the apartment drawings, after selecting ten images that appealed to him for the compositions, flatness, format, and color (or the lack thereof). Ruscha favored a photographic look for his artworks but distanced from a merely documental, literal reproduction of the city’s ordinary buildings. A direct comparison between the drawings and the relative photographs reveal how Ruscha adapted and simplified the original images: the telephonic lines were eliminated, the texture skins of the buildings smoothed out, the palms fronds stylized. The proportions of the buildings were deeply modified, as well: their height and perspective were accentuated by compression into a horizontal sheet; the width of the central shaft of balconies were increased to create a more severe composition of planes; angles and architectural details or decorative light fixtures were added to increase spatial patterning and heighten shadow contrast.