Karen Yank – #24
Dimensions: 24 x 24 x 2″
Media: steel and stainless steel
Karen Yank’s #24 features bold vertical stripes on two plates. This body of work by Karen Yank is an artistic acknowledgment of Yank’s mentor, the great American artist Agnes Martin. Yank and Martin were great friends, and Martin was a significant inspiration on Yank’s artistic vision. This particular body of Yank’s work was inspired by Yank’s revisiting her mentor’s works at a recent exhibition at the Guggenheim.
As one of the West’s leading public artists, Karen Yank has formulated and fabricated sculpture for outdoor sites throughout the Mountain states and beyond. Yank is known for a rigorous geometric style, ordinarily dependent on the form of the circle. From time to time, however, she modifies her approach to fit the physical, functional, and symbolic factors operating at the site. No work of hers, yet, has “broken the circle” to the extent that Growing Strength has. To celebrate the institution it inhabits and the ecology and society of the surrounding region, Yank has let her thoughts flower and her forms burgeon accordingly. Trained as a master sculptor working in steel and other metals, Yank manages to create a soft, organic feeling with industrial materials.