Leslie Wayne’s ‘Free Experience’ Opens at Jack Shainman Gallery

“I’m always trying to free up the experience for myself, in this studio, from habit and complacency,” begins Leslie Wayne, reflecting on her upcoming gallery show at Jack Shainman Gallery. “And hopefully by doing that, I’m freeing up the experience for the viewers as well.”
A freight elevator — “Larger than my first apartment,” Wayne remarks — leads to her fifth floor studio in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, which she shares with her husband, sculptor Don Porcaro. The smell of paint mixed with stone dust fills the air throughout the studio’s several open white rooms, and large windows bathe the entire space in natural light. Entering Wayne’s working studio, the two-feet-tall pile of multicolored paint resting on a table immediately commands attention. “That’s for when I clean my palette,” Wayne explains of the colorful sculpture. “That pile is about three years worth.”
The works for her upcoming gallery show, titled “Free Experience,” are hanging all around her studio. Earlier this spring Wayne was awarded a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship. “I really decided to go back to my roots and introduce an element of representation into the work, which is something new,” she continues. “That means including the trompe l’oeil painting — I’m actually

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