“2048 KM”

Or Gallery

Spartan in spite of its hedonistic references, “2048 KM” was a modest show featuring Vancouver and Los Angeles–based artists indebted to Ed Ruscha. The selections were positioned within a contemporary discourse on ideas of the city and the self, constructed through music, film, tourism, and art. Alongside work by Ruscha himself, curator Melanie O’Brian included Kathy Slade, Ron Terada, and Robert Arndt from Vancouver, and Mungo Thomson, Euan Macdonald, Anne Walsh, and Kerry Tribe from Los Angeles. “2048 KM,” referencing Ruscha’s penchant for car trips, is the distance between LA’s Chateau Marmont, a castlelike hotel on the Sunset Strip frequented by international celebrities, and Vancouver’s Or Gallery: data as road movie.

This exhibition was almost completely black and white, with a starkness that now reads as stylish. Its lists, grids of headed notepaper, books, and video presented

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