Charleston, SC: The George Gallery, located at 50 Bogard St., invites the public to a reception on Friday, April 6 from 5-8pm to celebrate a new solo exhibit from painter Paul Yanko. “SNAP TO GRID. MIGRATE FROM CENTER. DEVIATE AND EXPAND” will be on view at the gallery though April 27. This event is free and open to the public. The gallery, in partnership with the South Carolina Governors’ School for the Arts will also be hosting a closing reception and artist talk on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-8pm; the talk will begin at 7pm and hors d’oeuvers provided by Caviar & Bananas.
Paul Yanko has been a professional painter since receiving his M.F.A in 1995, working in both print making and painting. A defining consistency in Yanko’s work over the course of his career is “building.” The dense layers of paint are like bricks in a building, each one just as significant as the final product. His process is similar to an architect’s in that he relies on a language that develops in the physical design.
Where this new collection diverges from previous work, is he has allowed for softer shapes. His palette has added more secondary colors and his edges and spaces have loosened up. There are also parallels between the changing environment that Yanko works in and his creative development. Yanko’s hometown since 2004, Greenville SC, is evolving at a rapid pace and it’s hard not to speculate whether that energy has made its way into his process-derived imagery. The result is Modernist geometric abstraction, with an up- to- the minute sensibility.
Paul Yanko teaches in the Visual Arts Department at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. He holds an M.F.A. in painting from Kent State University and a B.F.A in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Paul has exhibited extensively including the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the McDonough Museum of Art. His work is included in the Greenville County Museum of Art, The Akron Museum of Art, MUSC as well as in many other public and private collections.