Paul Yanko poster 

Snap to Grid. Migrate from Center. Deviate and Expand. is a single exhibition with a three-phrase title. Each phrase is applicable to each of the works in Paul Yanko's exhibition consisting of five works on paper anchored by a site-specific wall mural. The works initiate from a horizontal grid with abstract shapes and images that migrate from the center as they deviate from that grid with marks that expand to describe texture and record shapes and colors. Paul speaks of his grid as "shelving to categorize and organize objects." His works are autobiographical, an amalgam of the visual vocabulary Paul has been building since childhood in his mother's kindergarten classroom, through his lifelong encounters with art, including Egyptian hieroglyphics, his great grandmother's sampler, and the paintings of Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Klee, and Claude Monet. His collection, though lyrical and poetic, is not just a personal language. Paul asks, like Monet's haystacks, "for engagement over time, not just an instant read."

He often uses "reveal" in speaking about his process and his completed works. Each phrase in Paul's title refers to an action. He is inviting us to accompany him as his process reveals his images. Starting First Friday, August 4, Paul will begin work on his mural in Riverworks Gallery, and we can literally accompany him as he reveals those shapes, colors, and textures.

Paul Yanko teaches in the Visual Arts Department at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. He holds a MFA in painting from Kent State University and a BFA in illustration from Cleveland Institute of Art. Paul has shown his work extensively, including exhibits at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. His work is in the Greenville County Museum of Art as well as many other private and public collections. He has recently completed a public art commission in Columbia, SC and locally the entry doors and window clings of Lululemon Athletica on Greenville's Main Street. Please visit his website, www.paulyanko.net.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. RIVERWORKS Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC.

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Director
(864) 271-0679 or email