Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

  • Deborah Sussman in “Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles” at WUHO Gallery, Woodbury University, Los Angeles, 2013. Photo courtesy Laure Joliet.
    passages October 15, 2014

    Deborah Sussman (1931–2014)

    RECOLLECT, IF YOU WILL, the opening shot of the 1972 BBC documentary Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: a wondrous, fluffy, vibrant confection of a billboard that spells out the title of the film in cloud-like letters. The brilliance of this design is that it captures perfectly the giddy, celebratory effervescence of the city that spreads out in the billboard’s shadow, flying in the face of the clichéd image of Los Angeles as a polluted wasteland. It also perfectly expresses the joie de vivre, humor, and vibrancy of the designer herself, Deborah Sussman.

    Magenta. Vermilion. Aqua. Chrome yellow.