Stuck In The Middle With You (Reservoir Dogs) - Original

Mark Davies British Artist

  • I absolutely love Tarantino and this film especially, this along with Pulp Fiction were films that I studied at College so is great to strike it back up again. There are a number of classic scenes from the films but the warehouse torture one sticks with me, largely down to discovering the Steelers Wheel track so I have gone with this as the base for this piece. I wanted to make clear references to the film but put my take on it so it doesn’t look like I have tried to recreate the scene but used the wrong chair for example.

    The scene itself is a classic representation of the iconic scene with the solitary wooden chair taking pride of place - for me it had to be as it is a strong graphic in its’ own right. I have combined a mix of obvious links to the film albeit with a different take on the actual object in instances along with really obscure references where the viewer might have to really think what the reason for inclusion is, perfect for those who genuinely love the film.

    The buildings’ walls have references to Jack rabbit Slim, Stanley Kubricks’ The Killing, Madonnas’ Like A Virgin, Scrawled question asking who the F*ck killed nice guy eddie and has been sprayed with bullets and blood. The ceiling has beautiful ageing detail, there is also a reference ‘QT The Class of 92’ referencing the release year, Tarantino initials and the dogs themselves whilst also playing on the Manchester football ties as it is such a well used phrase.

    The central chair features blood stains, cracking, smouldering textures to represent the horror that it has played its’ part in. Showing signs of a struggle, the chair has been taped up with the silver tape that was used to gag the police officer. A solitary black tie, pair of shades, LAPD badge sit on the cushion. As does a bottle of Mexican tequila - this is a more subtle clue, referencing the police officers’ nationality and the Mexican stand off that exists within the film.

    The film plays out the fear that there is a rat on the loose, identified as Mr Orange - the rat trap with glowing orange light that captivates and entices the rat towards is a cool way of embracing this. I wanted to showcase the quality soundtrack from the film as music especially was so key to the particular scene. So there is an old record player/radio branded ‘TARANTINO’ and is surrounded by objects that relate to songs from the soundtrack - Madonna Like A Virgin, a little green bag, a lime in a coconut and tacos, another gun of the same make lays close by.

    Finally further embracing Tarantinos’ love of foreshadowing there are subtle areas of smoke coming into the scene that hint at something being out of view, maybe a cigarette or a gun smoking or a fire about to start?
    1. Released: 2016
    2. Collection: Lost In Hollywood
    3. Specification: 1 of 1 original framed embellished canvas, hand signed by artist.
    4. Image Size: 48” x 36"
    5. Framed Size: 54” x 41"

Category: spo-default, spo-disabled

Type: Original Artwork

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