Last year’s LACMA gala left us with a terrific short film about John Baldessari narrated by Tom Waits, and this weekend’s Art+Film gala at the Los Angeles museum has produced another gem of a short video, Lance Acord‘s “Ed Ruscha, Woody, and the World’s Hottest Pepper” (embedded below), in which the legendary L.A. artist — co-honorary, with Stanley Kubrick, of the LACMA gala — introduces us to his dog Woody, and his small vegetable patch, where he’s growing the world’s hottest peppers.
“Indian ghost pepper, the hottest pepper in the world, one million Scoville units,” he warns. “Keep out of the reach of children. And adults.”
“I’m guilty of linguistic kleptomania,” Ruscha says, while explaining the genesis of his gas station paintings, he recounts several cross-country hitchhiking trips, including one during which he and his friend were picked up by a former Marine who recited Shakespeare while he drove.
Watch the entire video:
— Benjamin Sutton