Smack-Dab (In The Middle) starts my return to hard edged, geometric and minimalist iconography. The title refers to a song by the same name released in 1979 by Janice McClain. It is a Rhythm and Blues, Disco, and early House music classic, in other words an unforgettable dance tune. I spent many a night dancing to this song at the infamous after hours club, The Paradise Garage, where DJ Larry Levan reigned.
On a more serious note, Merriam-Webster dictionary defines smack-dab
as exactly, directly, squarely ,first used in 1892. When I finished this painting the titled came to me instantly. The central part of the painting says it all. This work was less intuitive than usual and approached in a more precise manner, starting from the center dimensions of the canvas and making decisions outward. I limited myself to red, black and white because I wanted to explore a graphic outcome. Also thinking of signs and flags.
This painting brings to mind Barnett Newman's "zip" paintings and Gene Davis's and Bridget Riley's op art stripe paintings. This painting can be displayed horizontally or vertically. Titled, signed and dated on the back. The paint wraps around the edges of the painting so it is ready to hang as is. Perhaps it could also be framed in a black simple frame with more depth.
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