this 10-year survey of Yeager's paintings, we see a progression of
a talented artist's work over time. Yeager creates thickly textured
paintings, often in a large scale. The works of the early 90s include
figurative elements forming a personal vocabulary. In the current
decade's work, we see an explosion beyond figuration into a new and
dynamic abstract territory, where order and chaos come to dance. The
swirling, powerful abstract imagery in the recent paintings seems
to have evolved out of a calligraphic motif evident in the earlier
there are many excellent artworks in the exhibit, Thermal Expansion
stands out. This truly impressive piece was the image for the Austin
Fairchild Foundation's Thanksgiving Project in the year of its creation.
The canvas, at 72 inches by 80 inches is actually a seamlessly presented
triptych which commands its space to a degree impossible to communicate
in reproduction. With swirls in red, white, black, gray, yellow, and
pale blue, a central focus in red provides a sense of compositional
Although the show has toured to various locations, there is a wonderful
series of oval paintings that are new to this venue. The exhibit is
organized by the Galveston Art Center and curated by Executive Director
Clint Willour. (In December, the D Berman Gallery will exhibit "Particles
of Order," a show that will contain all new work by Yeager. This
pleasant development will enable the repeat viewer to extend and deepen
knowledge of Yeager's creations.
- Jacqueline May
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