The United States Code, the official transcript of the Federal law of the United States, includes detailed information about how the national flag is deal. The star-spangled banner should always be hoisted briskly, but slowly and ceremonially lowered, during lowering, take, make sure that the flag touches the ground or other objects. For storage, the Banner is folding in well-defined steps carefully, in the rain and stormy weather should be avoided on the presentation of the flag, unless you are blowing this occasion at half-mast. The flag is faded or damaged, it should be with dignity and disposed of and replaced. The pictorial representation of a flag in ruffled condition.

“Our Flag” (2018), a work by the American artist Ed Ruscha that is currently visible in the rooms of the Vienna Secession, the state symbol of the United States in a state that probably exceeds the worst fears of the authors of the United States Code. The Wind has ripped a massive hole in the star-spangled banner, in front of an apocalyptic black flies, the ruffling would shred characters in red, blue and white fabric. The desolate state in which Ruscha, the national flag is presented, an icon for the current Situation of the country? It is “Our Flag,” a work of engaged art? Not questioned whether the Vienna presentation was its most political exhibition, gave Ruscha in conversation with the F. A. S. recently to answer: “On the surface, probably”. Neither the artist denies the political Dimension of his work, yet he keeps you, as the description is sufficient.

A political Manifesto would be of the Ruscha for its reduced language of form is known, no one expected. Any Form of emphasis is this laconic art, foreign, and would also be hard for me to reconcile with the legendary Coolness of the artist, in accordance to – “He puts the cool into L. A.,” sang David Stephenson and Richard Bell in 2000.

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The title of the exhibition (“Double Americanisms”), Ruscha reproduced in its representation of the flag in a number of respects. The desolate Version preceded by two earlier diagrams, which show the flag in still intact: “Untitled (American flag on pole)” and “Mother’s Boys”. Especially Ruscha shows in Vienna, but the originals of his Flag paintings, but digital copies of the paintings – the first and last Time that he will use this reproduction technique, the artist in the Interview. Finally, he has doubled the copies of a mirror image, so that the hang-resolution distorted versions of the flag in two identical, but page of the wall: once the scraps to the left-blowing, once – in identical Formation to the right.

this multiplication and Mirroring “Our Flag” any semblance of immediacy. Ruscha’s view of the subject also illustrates a comparison with Jasper Johns’ famous flag paintings: Johns shows the star-spangled banner as a flat, the canvas evenly covering the pattern, and in this way indistinguishable, whether it is the picturesque representation of a flag or the stars and stripes painted canvas itself has become a flag. Such an exciting presentation and what is presented is not interested Ruscha. “Our Flag” leaves no doubt that here is a subject in its unstable materiality is represented. In this sense, Ruscha has been interested since its inception in the sixties, for the thing-like appearance of the characters. Symbols, letters, and words don’t mean just a little, but are also physical objects. So the letters on his pictures in a fire, throw a shadow, or melted like ice cream.