Analogues of Reality: Sight and Fantasy
As an abstract painter I have focused on condensing the expansive
arena of heroic painting into a tiny format, forcing a shift between
size and scale, as if the world were on a thimble. Small painting,
In the photographs, this relational shift is turned back on itself.
Intimacy is now achieved by blowing up the detail of a small painting
into a large format.
Shot at eye level and in cross-section, the almost microscopic
view creates a foil for one's assumptions about space, material
and context. These photographs document materiality (one might
recognize the forms as paint, or as "art" of another medium).
But plucked from their original context, the viewer is lead to
question his or her associative responses, thus opening the door
to fantasy. An illusion begets an illusion - placing photography
and painting on a level playing field.
- Leslie Wayne, 2003