|Original image: Mason Williams with his Bus (1967) at the Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Collage by Alden Projects™ 2015|
Alden Projects’ inaugural exhibition “Double Standard: Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams 1956-1971” is staged in two parts, and focuses on collaborations, dialogues, and work for hire between Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams (artist, musician, writer, and Ruscha’s friend from Oklahoma since fourth grade). Although surprisingly unknown to most of Ruscha’s current audience (and even to his historiographers), Mason Williams occupied a unique vantage and a literal seat in the car in the artist’s important early development all the way through the 1960s, when their early dialogues as nomadic friends, roommates, and fellow artists in Los Angeles often spilled over in meaningful creative, multi-disciplinary experiments in both artists’ work (collectively and independently).
“Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams 1956-1971” (Part One) runs from September 10 – October 18, 2015. “Double Standard: Ed Ruscha & Mason Williams - Work for Hire” (Part Two) continues without interruption through November 18, 2015.