T02259 SOUNDS AND SILENCES (TO THE LEFT OF RED) 1975
Inscribed on back ‘Sounds and Silences/(To the left of Red)/Jack Smith 1975’
Oil on sundeala 24 × 24 × 1 (61.0 × 61.0 × 2.5)
Purchased from Monika Kinley (Knapping Fund) 1978
Exh: Jack Smith: The Written and the Diagrammatic. Paintings and Drawings 1965–77, Serpentine Gallery, January–February 1978 (54)
This painting was executed at Jack Smith's studio at I Ashbridge Road, Leytonstone, E.11 where he was living at that time. No preliminary drawings were made for it.
Smith told the compiler that part of an article published in the London Magazine, IV, March 1965, page 68 ‘seems to explain my work with the reference to “Sounds and Silences (To the left of Red)”’. In the article the artist wrote: ‘I think of my paintings as diagrams of an experience of sensation. The subject is very important. The sound of the subject, its noise or its silence, its intervals and its activity. When I talk about the sound or the music of the subject, I'm not always thinking in terms of a symphony, but groups of single notes. The closer the painting is to a diagram or graph, the nearer it is to my intention…