Altoon Sultan blogs about the exhibition Leslie Wayne: Rags at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, on view through March 22, 2013.
Sultan writes: "What I hadn't expected was the modest size of these works, none larger than a foot and a half. Looking at them became an intimate experience, rewarding close looking with a wealth of rich detail. The paintings are made of layers of oil paint, just paint; no canvas or other ground holds them together. The panel is used to mount the painting to the wall. The paint depicts itself, becomes sculptural, is an evocative physical presence. There is a magical alteration in the medium as it becomes solid and folded and draped. Each piece has a different approach to color, surface, and design; the works don't settle into an easy pattern."