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Jack Whitten photographed in his Queens studio on October 26 , 2015
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NY Battle Ground , 1967 Oil on canvas 60 ” by 83.88 ”
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USA Oracle ( Assassination of M . L . King ), 1968 Oil on canvas 55 34 ” by 50 ”
When the coal mines were on strike , my father sought work at the local Parson ’ s sawmill where huge Southern Pine logs were sawed into slabs of usable lumber for the construction trades . The smell of fresh sawed pine and the oozing , sticky resin is an enduring memory . Have any of you seen a raw , loose bale of cotton , before it ’ s cleaned and compressed into a stackable bale ? It is a dirty , grayish , stinky white mass with all sorts of debris entangled in a massive fractal mountain .
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