Leslie Addison + George Yerger/Addison Yerger Photography
Restless souls, we have traveled the world. But home has always been the Deep South and New Orleans.
We are photographic artists creating abstract, mixed media and memory / place-driven, non-literal southern culture projects.
Our work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Baton Rouge; The High Museum of Art in Atlanta and The New Orleans Museum of Art.
Awards include a Fellowship from the Pollock/Krasner Foundation, the Louisiana State Division of the Arts, Artist Fellowship (both artists, consecutive years) and two Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation grants.
Our abstract photographs are dialogues between layers of paint, the effects of time and personal expression. Our wall photographs are a metaphor for the lives of the people who created them. Thousands of hands paint voices onto the surfaces, creating a conversation that is constantly in flux. They act as a physical link to our subconscious, through which we find our own translations. Our photographs pull notes out of the chaos; they are an isolation of the fragments that speak most strongly to us.
Addison Yerger are New Orleans artists living and working in the Lower Garden District Neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Layered, expressive, ambiguous
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
I'm inspired by the diversity, the complex relationship between the cultures, and the constant visual bombardment. In all neighborhoods, we find unintentional messages waiting to be discovered.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
No process, it just happens - it never turns off.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Life - and literally wandering the world. And very importantly, our 'internal travels'.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
For the abstract series, my influences were my grandparents, Dina and Emerson Woelffer. They were part of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism. I was raised hearing their stories of hanging out, painting, and teaching with Motherwell, Rothko, Pollock, Siskin, Klein, Moholy-Nagy, Buckminster Fuller, and others. I was surrounded by their art and thinking from birth.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Traveling the world or exploring the Deep South.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Time of day varies - but I'm not a fan of mid-afternoon. Don't usually know what day of the week it is... Month of the year - April.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I'm a highly sarcastic vegetarian.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Abstract Series - AY Photography and Lux Art Consultants, Austin
Southern Culture Projects - Cole Pratt Gallery