Michalis Pichler, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 2009

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Twentysix Gasoline Stations is Michalis Pichler’s homage to Ed Ruscha, who published his groundbreaking and highly influential Twentysix Gasoline Stations in 1962. Pichler’s version offers a more modern update, examining twenty-six German gas stations all owned by the same company and all displaying the same signage and architectural elements. At first glance, all twenty-six images appear to depict the same pristine and brightly-colored generic structure. Only upon further examination, aided by Pichler’s captions, does the reader get the full extent of the joke, which is punctuated by the book’s final image: a disembodied hand holding an excerpt from a 1969 interview with Ruscha in which he explains “the eccentric stations were the first ones I threw out.”

Twentysix Gasoline Stations

Michalis Pichler, Greatest hits, Printed matter, 2009

14 x 18 cm

36 pages, softcover with dust jacket

Second Edition

English