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Ed Ruscha Approved, Monterosso al Mare, Italy
Ed Ruscha Approved, Monterosso al Mare, Italy
13" x 19"
2011

In the summer of 2011 as part of the project From Venice Beach to the Venice Biennale, I sent the nine photographs to Ed Ruscha in California. I created a new set of postcards complete with his “Approval” and brought them to the Venice Biennale. I could not bring myself to float them in unclear water and proceeded to take water samples across Northern Italy until I found the ideal location. In Monterosso al Mare, I tucked the laminated cards into my swimsuit and swam out to a rock barrier. I threw them one by one into the Mediterranean Sea as they floated slowly back to the shore. The only documentation of this event is a photograph taken after the fact of the scrapes on my left shin and right foot from the rock barrier. I would spend the rest of the summer attempting to live up to Ruscha’s salutation “Rage On.”