Read Karin Davie (Rizzoli, 2006), my first introduction to the stripe paintings. Davie's main point of comparison is dance: the full-bodied cinching and swelling that it requires to make her giant patterns on the canvas. One critic likens the paintings to the swirling FX of Hitchcock's Vertigo and to the dizzy circular logo for Looney Tunes (which segues nicely with her Pop Art citations). Later at home I saw a similar pattern in smudges on a sun-lit window, smudges that were left after my mom, visiting for the holidays, grabbed a sheet of newspaper and started cleaning the glass. Perhaps you've never heard that newspaper works "just as well" as paper towels?

(Karin Davie, not Kevin Davies.)

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