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Irene Yesley: Mind Puzzles

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 saintís smile, the sneer of an angry warrior tell us something important about humankind. We are enriched both emotionally and intellectually by such art. But artís 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? Itís that little place in New Orleans that doesnít stop Ďtil the sun comes up. These are great works for looking and thinking, and rethinking: No, itís 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. Isnít this the arc of human history?



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1. Medieval Times

1. Medieval Times

Monotype. Framed in black frame with 2.5 inches of mat. Dimensions: 19" x 19".

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2. Carnival

2. Carnival

Monotype. Framed in black frame with 2.5 inches of mat. Dimensions: 19" x 19".

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3. Parkway

3. Parkway

Monotype. Framed in black frame with 2.5 inches of mat. Dimensions: 19" x 19".

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4. Pink with Gold Rectangles

4. Pink with Gold Rectangles

Monotype. 3 layers of plexi. Framed. Dimensions: 15" x 15".

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5. Let's Celebrate

5. Let's Celebrate

Monotype. Black frame. Dimensions: 21" x 21".

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6. Let's Celebrate II

6. Let's Celebrate II

Monotype. Black frame. Dimensions: 21" x 21".

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7. Color Grid

7. Color Grid

Monotype. Dimensions: 28" x 35" unframed. Framed size approximately 42" x 37". Frame is natural, mat finish blond wood

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8. High Falutin'

8. High Falutin'

Monotype. Black frame. Dimensions: 18.5" t x 20" w.

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9-1. Sky Show

9-1. Sky Show

Monotype. Black frame. Dimensions: 18.5" t x 20" w.

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9-2. Lenny

9-2. Lenny

Monotype. Black frame. Dimensions: 20" t x 20" w.

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