TO E.R.

Giuseppe Chietera
TO ER

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Limited edition of 500
Dimensions: 18 x 14,7 cm
Pages: 56
Year of publication: 2014
Publisher: Artphilein Editions, Lugano
Price: EUR 25
Special edition with an original C-Print: EUR 200
ISBN 978-3-9524154-6-7

TO E.R. è un omaggio a Twentysix Gasoline Stations realizzato dall’artista americano Ed Ruscha nel 1962. Twentysix Gasoline Stations ha avuto un immediato e forte impatto su molti artisti che ne hanno tratto spunto e ispirazione per proprie elaborazioni (forma, soggetto o numero 26).
Questi “omaggi” sono esponenzialmente aumentati negli ultimi anni. Anche Giuseppe Chietera, su invito di Artphilein Foundation si è confrontato con questo libro e ha realizzato il proprio tributo TO E.R. L'artista ha voluto leggere il paesaggio del Canton Ticino in Svizzera alla ricerca di stazioni di benzina per lo più abbandonate o riusate, che potessero essere fotografate frontalmente mantenendo come distanza di ripresa la larghezza delle carreggiate.
TO E.R. comprende 26 fotografie a colori scattate con un banco ottico 4 x 5” (tecnica di stampa C-print su carta Kodak Endura Premier N per le immagini che accompagnano il libro nella special edition).


To E.R. A Tribute to Twentysix Gasoline Stations by Ed Ruscha
Artphilein Editions, Lugano — 2014
Pages: 56
Edition: 500
Dimensions: 18 x 14.7 cm
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-9524154-6-7

"To E.R." is an homage to Twentysix Gasoline Stations, a work realised by American artist Ed Ruscha in 1962, published in 1963, in an edition composed of 400 copies, followed by two further editions. Considered one of the first modern artist's books, it contains a series of 26 photographs – equal to the number of letters in the English alphabet – of service stations situated along the old Route 66, which were taken by Ed Ruscha during his trips between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City, where his parents lived.
Twentysix Gasoline Stations had an immediate, strong impact on other artists, who were inspired for their own elaborations on the form, subject, or on the number 26. These 'homages' to the original idea have increased in recent years, within the context of a revisitation of the 1960s by contemporary artists. Giuseppe Chietera, upon invitation by the Artphilein Foundation, also wished to address Ed Ruscha's Twentysix Gasoline Stations, and has realised his own tribute entitled, "To E.R."
The artist explored the landscape of Canton Ticino in Switzerland in search of service stations that were abandoned or converted to other uses which could be photographed frontally, as closely as possible depending on the width of the roadways.
"To E.R." includes 26 colour photographs taken with a 4 x 5” large format camera.



2 - Arzo
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2 - Arzo
3 - Locarno
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3 - Locarno
6 - Chiasso
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6 - Chiasso
7 - Claro
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7 - Claro
11 - Prosito
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11 - Prosito
12 - Novazzano
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12 - Novazzano
14 - Camedo
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14 - Camedo
16 - Bodio
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16 - Bodio
17 - Bodio
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17 - Bodio
18 - Roveredo
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18 - Roveredo
21 - Giubiasco
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21 - Giubiasco
22 - Locarno
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22 - Locarno
23 - Gerra Piano
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23 - Gerra Piano
24 - Gordola
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24 - Gordola
26 - Campione d'Italia
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26 - Campione d'Italia
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