Patrick Blackwell

decade

1950s

1958–60 1958

At Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha meet and befriend fellow Okies Patrick Blackwell and Don Moore. They refer to themselves as the “Students Five.”

1959

Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, and Patrick Blackwell in the studio space they shared while in school at Chouinard, c. 1959. Photo: Patrick Blackwell. Courtesy of the Joe Goode Studio.
Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Ed Ruscha, and Patrick Blackwell in the studio space they shared while in school at Chouinard, c. 1959. Photo: Patrick Blackwell. Courtesy of the Joe Goode Studio.

decade

1960s

1959–61 1960

Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Don Moore, and Ed Ruscha (who refer to themselves as the Students Five) live with Wally Batterson in a house on Madison Avenue in Silver Lake, California; all attend Chouinard. They then move into a little house on New Hampshire Avenue in Hollywood.

1960

The Oklahoma City Art Center organizes the group exhibition Four Oklahoma Artists featuring Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha.

1967

Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams, and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test, 1980. Offset printing; spiral bound with color card-stock. 3 copies: 9 9/16 × 6 ½ in (24.2 × 16.5 cm), 60 pp. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant and gift of the MCA Men’s Council, 2012.94. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1967

Patrick Blackwell, Ed Ruscha, and Mason Williams turn what they called a “caper”—improvised actions or “goofy things,” in Williams’s words—into an artist book called Royal Road Test, which documents the remains of a typewriter hurled out of their car.

decade

1980s

1980

Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams, and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test, 1980. Offset printing; spiral bound with color card-stock. 3 copies: 9 9/16 × 6 ½ in (24.2 × 16.5 cm), 60 pp. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant and gift of the MCA Men’s Council, 2012.94. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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