Paul Yanko creates colorful fluidity within rigid lines in his latest collection at Greenville Tech’s Riverworks Gallery, Snap to Grid. Migrate from Center. Deviate and Expand. The five-piece collection pops with horizontal grid lines that bear helter-skelter designs within the organization. Yet there’s more to Yanko’s work than meets the eye. The fractured panes hide clues to Yanko’s history: an intricate symbol harkens back to his experience with Egyptian hieroglyphs; details resemble his great-grandmother’s needlework; and isolated strokes of color honor his heroes Wayne Thiebaud and Paul Klee. The vignettes of Yanko’s life move out from the center of the grid, creating a pathway for the eye to wander and discover the secrets he’s buried within lines and color.
Paul Yanko, Built Stacked Framed—Botanical Version, 2017. Mixed media on watercolor paper; 30 in. x 22 in.
Snap to Grid. Migrate from Center. Deviate and Expand. is on display through September 24 at Greenville Technical College’s RIVERWORKS Gallery, 300 River St #202, Greenville. Yanko will give an artist’s talk and reception on Fri, Sept 8, at 6pm. Gallery hours are 1–5pm, Thurs–Sun.