TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS
Berlin: ”greatest hits”, 2009, New York: Printed Matter, Inc., 2009
180 x 140 mm, 36
Offset, thread binding, transparent wrap
first ed. 550 copies, limited ed. 50 with white UV-varnish on cover; second ed. 1000
A series of non-places: One particular Gasoline Station which was built all over the former German Democratic Republic (that is: all around the wider area of Berlin) by Total, a French Oil Company, after the wall came down and they expanded their business during the 90’es. All those were photographed.
Ruscha once stated in an interview, that when creating his first book, which came to be an “artist book” role model (and, nowadays, high-end-collectible) the title came first. He then took a bulk of 70–90 photographs of Gas Stations, and eventually “The eccentric stations were the first ones I threw out.”
Within Pichler ́s body of work TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS both represent a piece of serial photography, urban phenomenology, wordplay, ambiguous social critique and, last but not least, art history Karaoke.
Ed Ruscha, TWENTYSIX GASOLINE STATIONS (Los Angeles: 1962)