What point system did Ed Ruscha use to construct the screen print Standard Station?
Art that depicts buildings, interiors or rectangular solids is usually created using either one-point, two-point or three-point perspective.
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Ed Ruscha’s screen print Standard Station was created in perfect two point perspective. One of the 2 points (the right point) in Standard Station is in the precise bottom right corner. All the right edges of the building meet at this point. The left point is so far to the left that it is off the picture. The horizon line is along the bottom edge of the picture.
Here’s the way to analyze a picture and tell whether it is in one, two, or three point perspective. Imagine that you are holding up an imaginary window right in front of your eyes and looking through it at a picture. Artists call this imaginary window your picture plane. If the box or building that you are looking at in the picture is positioned so that a whole wall or surface of the building is flat against your picture plane, then the building is in one point perspective. If an edge of the building (where one wall meets another wall) is flat against your picture plane, then the building is in 2 point perspective. That is the way it is in Standard Station. If only one corner of the building would touch your picture plane, then the building is in three point perspective. This is how artists analyze the rectangular solids around them to determine which point system to use when drawing or painting a picture.
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