With an impressive array of rendering styles and surface textures, and a healthy dose of sleight of hand, Wendell Gladstone lures you into his mysterious dreamscapes. He invites you to join a program already in progress, your eyes racing to take in a drama that is unfolding in multiple dimensions. He tempts you to pull on loose threads that snake and weave through colorful figures, objects, landscapes and abstract patterns, each painstakingly-crafted in acrylic paint and gesso. These visual elements are complemented by his elusive stories, which, like his visual elements, often mutate within a painting, and from one painting to the next. Gladstone’s stories and visual elements are a melting pot of invention and osmosis. His paintings evoke timeless fables or parables that have been infected by the impurities and detritus of modern life.