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This painting draws me in past the red, blue, black, and green shapes, and into the yellow and orange beyond them. As I studied it, a line that I have heard many times came to me, “The only way out is through.” Thus the painting’s title. That line seems to be a modern rewording of a sentence from a 1914 poem by Robert Frost -- A Servant to Servants -- in which he writes of a woman relating her daily ordeals to a visitor who is camping near her home. “By good rights I ought not to have so much Put on me, but there seems no other way. Len says one steady pull more ought to do it. He says the best way out is always through. And I agree to that, or in so far As that I can see no way out but through— Leastways for me.” The painting does not suggest wading through daily ordeals; at least not to me. The sense of it is more playful, more joyful, like a color run in which runners are showered with colored powders as they make their way along a course and their only way out is through.
June 28th, 2021
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