Published: April 17, 2001
NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – The Charles Michael Gallery at Union Hall will present a one-woman show of the works of textile artist Adrienne Yorinks, from Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, May 19.
Using textiles as her paint, Yorinks employs a variety of techniques including quilting, applique, collage and photo transfers to make artistic statements that range from abstract expressionism to political declarations to exquisite book illustrations. The show will include about 50 of Yorinks’ works – including a number never before exhibited. It will open with a meet-the-artist reception on April 22 from 1 to 6 pm and Sunday, from noon to 5 pm.
“We were struck by Adrienne’s huge color palette – a benefit of using fabric as paint,” said Charles Michael Rudick, an owner of the Rudick family gallery, which now represents Yorinks. “We were awed by the way she has mixed such traditional crafts as quilting with modern processes like photo transfer to create what we see as a unique art form. With an artistic voice all her own she makes powerful statements about our contemporary world – always with a sense of where we’ve come from.”
Yorinks makes small works such as still life illustrations and large ten-foot collages. Her work has been seen around the country from the Museum of Natural History in Santa Barbara, California to the Alex Haley farm in Tennessee.
She has had significant commissions. CUNY, the City University of New York commissioned her to create a piece of art to commemorate the university’s 150th anniversary. The eight and a half by ten-foot work, which incorporates archival photos and documents from the university’s library, is permanently installed at Baruch College.
An Adrienne Yorinks commission for the AFL-CIO celebrates the organization’s commitment to civil rights and now hangs in its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Her art is in many private and public collections including those of Sony Corporation and the Campbell Soup Company.
The artist has illustrated a number of books, including Marian Wright Edelman’s Stand for Children, published by Hyperion Books; The Alphabet Atlas (in collaboration with noted calligrapher Jeanyee Wong) published by Winslow Press; and Eugene O’Neill’s The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog, published by Henry Holt.
“Working in fabric is visceral to me,” said Yorinks. “Fabric is the first thing we touch as babies. We wear it. It’s imprinted with our memories and comes to my art already imbued with the human touch. Quilting and sewing were social activities in the earlier days of our American history, so it feels right to use these practical skills in commenting about where we’ve come as a nation.”
Yorinks lives and works in Westchester County with her husband, the writer Arthur Yorinks.
The Charles Michael Gallery is at Route 116 and Route 121 (Keeler Lane) For information, 914/669-4600.
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