"[John Lees]: Paintings and Drawings" at the Genovese Gallery Annex, 195 South St., through April 30.
The underlying texture makes the image seem worn and aged - as if it were painted on an old, cracked and peeling wall. As a result, the piece conveys a dreamlike quality that Lees' latest piece, "Faces in the Trees (III)," exploits with even better success.
In "Faces," heads sprout from branches like the strange hybrids that often inhabit Surrealists' works. Texture is minimal. The highly expressive surfaces of Lees' earlier works have been toned down.