|WIDE ENOUGH FOR YOU? (2003), BY BOB RANKIN|
ACQUIRED FROM THE ARTIST, RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, DECEMBER 2003
ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 72" BY 4 1/4"
Bob is always experimenting with new styles and forms for paintings, some of which fall outside what you'd normally expect to see. For example, Bob's small "art snacks" (for example, On The Road To Taos) are 5" square canvases which can be hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf... they're small enough and deep enough that they can stand up all by themselves.
This work falls into a similar category... Bob refers to works of this shape as "art sticks", even though they are actually canvases. The nice thing about a work like this is that you can hang it in a wide space that's not very tall, as I have done (this is hanging over the entrance to my kitchen), or you can hang it vertically in a narrow space, like next to a door.
I really like the composition and choice of colors in this work... of several art sticks I saw at Bob's studio before his 2003 "Holiday Houdio", this is the one I liked the best. I think it really looks good hanging near my kitchen... it helps to emphasize the architecture of my residence by drawing the eyes upward.
This is yet another wonderful idea by Bob Rankin... I'm glad to have it.
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