Boston

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 stitching around the top and bottom of their central planks serve, both formally and symbolically, to bind the components of the work.

In The Battle of the Tailors (Model), the disembodied white hands of the “creator” grow like angel’s wings from the shoulders of a nude female model. His left hand

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