About the Book
This self-published booklet is the first in a series of artist books dealing with photography in the age of Google image search. This one pays homage to Ed Ruscha's 'Thirtyfour Parking Lots' originally published in 1967.
The original book contains 34 areal views of empty parking lots taken by areal photographer Art Alanis. The aerials were taken during a one-and-a-half-hour shoot on a Sunday morning, when the lots were empty resulting in a survey of the Los Angeles urban landscape of the late sixties.
Ruscha included a detailed address for all but one parking lot, the only text that accompanied the pictures, thus the book became a roadmap to revisit the original places, transforming the original book into a programmatic device for my project 'Thirtyfour Parking Lots on Google Earth'.
Using Google Earth I simply typed in the exact addresses for each parking lot featured in the original book and took a screenshot from the resulting image query. I substituted Ruscha’s black and white images with the color screenshots, not changing any other aspect of the original book. I applied the same logic of using Google as my only image source and did a search for the original book cover and found a low-res image from the artnet database.
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Hermann is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He is the principal of 2n - a New York-based data visualization design agency. His work at 2n has earned him numerous awards including three consecutive awards for Design Excellency from Communication Arts Magazine. His Levine & Walker installation was shown at the 2011 Rencontres d’Arles in the group show FROM HERE ON, (curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta , Erik Kessels, Martin Parr, and Joachim Schmid) as well as at the FoMu in Antwerpen and the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona. In 2012, his books were part of the ABC/POD show at Printed Matter, New York and the DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Together with artist Jeff Brouws and Wendy Burton he worked on Various Small Books, a book about books about books made in homage or referencing the Artist Books of Ed Ruscha, published by MIT Press in the Spring of 2013. Hermann is a member of the ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative.