John David Yanke, a Phoenix-based Master of Fine Arts student at Azusa Pacific University, will feature his solo exhibit, “Folding Hue,” at the Duke Gallery, located on West Campus, 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. This celebration of his work is free to attend and open to the public from July 8-10, with an opening reception and talk on July 8 from 6-7 p.m. In this seminal solo show, Duke Gallery is transformed into a hue saturated visual experience of shadow, color, light, and sculpture crafted from mattress springs.

“These mattress spring sculptures transform a familiar structure and invite the viewer to explore its complexity and simplicity,” said Yanke. "Shadow bathed in hue dances across the contorted mattress spring sculptures and extend the sculptures’ visual presence. The anesthetized violence of these contorted, reordered bedspring sculptures creates the beauty of angst coerced into a kind of splendor.”

Originally from Wisconsin, Yanke received his bachelor’s degree in fine art from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and plans to graduate with a master’s degree of fine art from Azusa Pacific University July 2019. Yanke designed seats and saddlebags for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in the 1990s, operated a mural and faux painting business and remodeled homes in the early 2000s, and currently teaches all levels of art at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. You can see more of his sculptures at

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