Originally published on for the September issue.

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.

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