Foosaner Museum Features Works By New York Artist

By  //  March 3, 2013

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Exhibition Opens Saturday

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eau Gallie Arts District’s Foosaner Art Museum of Florida Institute of Technology will present the intricate, sculptural paintings of New York artist Leslie Wayne.

Shown is the oil on wood image One Big Love. (Image courtesy of Leslie Wayne and the Jack Shainman Gallery)

The exhibition, I am Nature, began earlier this month and continues through March 17.

Inspired by her memories of growing up in scenic Southern California, and 19th Century romantic landscape painters, Wayne says she “captures the corporeal essence of nature … so that the narrative passages are packed into the interstices of each successive layer of paint.”

Her artwork uses paint as form by pulling, scraping, folding, cutting and plastering it into many layers on her large, horizontal, multi-paneled works. The art is said to express the forces of shifting tectonic plates, movement of water and man’s toxic impact on the environment.

Currently residing in New York, Wayne began her art studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed them at the Parsons School of Design in New York. After her move to New York she abandoned plein air painting to explore intuitive painting.

She has been showcased in museums and galleries across the United States and as far away as Sweden. Wayne was the recipient of a New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Painting and two grants for her work.

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, S.C., granted permission to for their film, created to give insight into Wayne’s artistic process, to be shown at the Foosaner Art Museum. A full-color catalogue, also produced by the Halsey Institute, will be available for purchase in the museum’s store.

The Foosaner Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children and students with identification and free on Thursdays. Florida Tech faculty, staff and students with identification are admitted free.

For more information about this and other exhibits at the Foosaner Museum of Art, call Jacqueline Borsanyi at 321-674-8920.