Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mind Puzzles: Irene Yesley. Special Online Only Exhibition

Opening on Friday, September 14, 2018:

Mind Puzzles:
Experimenting with Colors, Shapes & Patterns

New Work by
Irene Yesley

Irene Yesley, Let's Celebrate.  Monotype

About the Artist:  This exhibition is comprised of ten specifically selected pieces.  Here are a few words from the artist about her work:

I work abstractly because this allows me to focus on what I most enjoy - the shapes and the spaces between them.  I am concerned with the size and shape of the objects, the repetition and variation of patterns, the tension created by the nearness or distance among objects, the emotional impact of the colors I use, and the sense of freedom in a piece.  I aim to make pieces that are interesting from a distance and also up close.

Printmaking is my current obsession.  I also like drawing with graphite and markers, and painting on pieces of plexi that I combine into one piece by stacking three layers of plexi together.

There is a large education industry aimed at early childhood that uses colors, shapes, and patterns to exercise the young brain, and in doing so, helps create pathways that promote learning other skills such as mathematics and science. These tools are too important to be left simply in childhood. Visual art has always been a teacher. We learn history from paintings and statues from the past: the benevolence of the saint’s smile, the sneer of an angry warrior tell us something important about humankind. We are enriched both emotionally and intellectually by such art. But art’s impact is greater than that. Whether representational or abstract, good art makes a point.

In her work, Irene Yesley has created both intriguing works, and an outline for learning. As the viewer moves from Medieval Times to Lenny, we first sense control through evenly spaced rectangles cautiously moving in patterns and some introduction of color but almost yearning to escape.  Color Grid challenges the viewer with the precision of its lines and furrows, blocked with strong discontinuities.   High Falutin' tells a host of stories: those piano keys give us the tune, but are we seeing fish or fowl; gill lines or cone? It’s that little place in New Orleans that doesn’t stop ‘til the sun comes up. These are great works for looking and thinking, and rethinking:  No, it’s a crappie on the Mississippi.  No matter.   Either story takes us away. In the later pieces we sense freedom and joy within an expanding universe. Isn’t this the arc of human history?

Please contact the Gallery to request prices.  The artist, however, advises that the individual items in this exhibition fall into the range of $700.00 - $1,900.00.

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Irene Yesley, Lenny.  Monotype

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