Los Angeles: Edward Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, 1978. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's color photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Collaborative artists' book by conceptual multimedia artists Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner. Composed of an open-ended narrative relayed almost entirely in black-and-white photos, the book charts the alternately languorous and spirited interactions between three women during what appears to be one hazy Southern California afternoon. Traversing territory somewhere between an Éric Rohmer film and an ABC Afterschool Special, the story ultimately eludes meaning. Uncharacteristically for two artists whose work made frequent use of words and text, the only language here is in the occasional background sign, and the superimposition of one line of text over the book's sole double-page image in its climactic eighth chapter: "In the year 2000 all racecar driving will be taken over by women." A final chapter, a denouement of sorts, shows the two main characters – portrayed by Shelley Chamberlain and Suzanne Chandler (with the third woman played by Susan Haller, who is also thought to have taken some of the photos) – tooling around town in a sporty Fiat. Minor scoring to upper wrap, with creasing to bottom corners. Near fine. Scarce and beguiling. Item #2950