Ed Ruscha American, b. 1937
Despite being credited with a Pop sensibility, Ed Ruscha defies categorization with his diverse output of photographic books and tongue-in-cheek photo-collages, paintings, and drawings. Known for painting and drawing with unusual materials such as gunpowder, blood, and Pepto Bismol, Ruscha draws attention to the deterioration of language and the pervasive cliches in pop culture. Equally renowned were his photographic books, in which he transferred the deadpan Popstyle into series of images of Los Angeles—apartments, palm trees, or Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1962), his most famous work.