Located in the library of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Trois Gallery serves as a resource for students and anyone interested in learning about art. New York-based Leslie Wayne offers the current lesson in her show “Ragtime,” viewable through July 29. It consists of oil paint “skins” and scrapings made to resemble hanging paint rags.
Wayne’s art plays with the limitations of painting and sculpture. Traditionally, any creation of real space and shadows was left to sculptors and those who created three-dimensional work. Rauschenberg mocked these distinctions of medium, and subsequent artists, such as Anne Truitt and Robert Ryman, presented thoughtful analyses on the phenomenology of the same subject.
Certainly, Wayne’s “Ragtime” pieces serve as useful tools to begin the discussion of what is rendered versus real color, volume, and form. That conversation can continue in the adjacent library where books about sculptors who contributed greatly to painting, such as Richard Tuttle, Ken Price, and Vincent Fecteau, reside in the stacks alongside books about painters who innovated the rendered illusion, like Caravaggio, Frank Stella, and Tomma Abts. After examining the lineage of artists associated with Wayne, her work seems to articulate questions of deep significance, but her answers seem less eloquent.
Leslie Wayne’s “Ragtime” is on view through July 29 at Trois Gallery at SCAD-Atlanta, and will appear at SCAD’s Pinnacle Gallery in Savannah, August 8-November 2. Another show of her work, “Mind the Gap,” can be seen at the Abroms Engel Institute of Visual Arts in Birmingham, through July 17.
Brendan Carroll is a painter living in Atlanta.