About the Book
Another Twenty-Six Gas Stations is a new media artist book that blends notions of surveillance, crime photography, advertising and found text. Together these elements form a dark and incisive commentary on an American culture that embraces violent spectacle - real and imagined - as a commercial product.
Fifty-one years after the publication of Ed Ruscha’s iconic artist book, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Another Twenty-Six Gas Stations examines how the American Identity has shifted from the idyllic media messages and car culture of the 1950s and 60s to the coarse post 9/11 age we occupy today.
Within the book, the image-text relationships work to form interweaving layers of meaning and interpretation. The sequence ties together formal properties, textual interplay, narrative sequences, as well as several discrete visual puns and references to Ed Ruscha. The book's elements create a meditation in morality and mortality, which challenges the viewer to either succumb to her own fascination with the violence depicted, or to look beyond the surface to discover the critique embedded within.
Another Twenty-Six Gas Stations is the debut book by artist and photo-author Gregory Eddi Jones.
Another Twenty-Six Gas Stations, 2014. Gregory Eddi Jones
Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963. Ed Ruscha