For the last eleven years I have been collecting artists’ books that reference, mimic, are made in homage to, or just completely rip-off the iconic books made by Ed Ruscha. To date I have a collection of over 100 books and collaborate on the project with Michalis Pichler, another avid collector of Ruscha-esque books. We have organised three exhibitions of our joint collections of these books, under the the title Follow-ed (after hokusai) at the Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art (2nd February to 10th March 2011), Arnolfini, Bristol (15th March to 1st May 2011) and at Gallery P74, Ljubljana (11th March to 3rd April 2011). Please see below for installation views of the exhibitions.
The collection and quest for more books continues. Some of the books are obtained because we can see a link, not knowing if the artist has been consciously trying to replicate Ed Ruscha. Most of the books are direct references to the style or subject-matter of Ruscha’s originals. The one overriding factor is that they all contain an element of humour reminiscent of Ruscha, and we still get really excited with each new discovery.
Michalis and myself are still keen to hear of any Ruscha-style books that you may have made or know about. Please get in contact.
For more information on Michalis Pichler, please visit: www.buypichler.com
Many of the books seen in the book section of this website are now available from Lulu. These include second editions of previously released books as well as new books only available from Lulu. Please visit www.lulu.com/tomsowden for further information and to buy books.