January 24, 2022
Size (h w d): 40 x 30 x 1.5 in
Medium: Oil On Canvas
In America, the 1970s were an era of extreme decadence where the boundaries of fashion, music, sex, dancing, and drugs were being pushed to their limitations. Studio 54 was a short-lived representation of the excess during that time period.
"For this piece," explains Madison, "I used a reference photo of Olivia Newton-John taken during the Grease release party at Studio 54. After a lot of consideration, I felt that painting any sort of background would distract from the subject. Additionally, the strong visual contrast between the white background and the subject is reminiscent of how we experience a memory or flashback, where only a piece of the entire image remains accessible to our conscious minds."
Madison's painting evokes the sexiness and sheen of a movie star in the late 70's, but because of the stark white background, it could just as easily be a young woman today who has stylized her clothing to evoke a retro image.