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  • Ray Smith

    Mario Diacono Gallery

    Ray Smith’s triptych “The Battle of the Tailors,” 1996, is an allegorical treatment of creating a painted object in what the painter views as a culture dominated by fashion. Subtitled “Model,” “Garment,” and “Measure,” each panel in the piece consists of three equally sized, horizontally arranged birchwood doors covered with collaged paper elements on grounds lushly painted in loud colors (magenta, lime green, and tangerine). Images of scissors and white thread figuratively cut and sew the wooden sections of each panel together. Straight stitching running around the three paintings and curvilinear

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