Artist Spotlight + The Many Lives of Addison Yerger

Addison Yerger is the combined creative genius of two great photographers: Leslie Addison + George Yerger. As a team they document social work and culture all over the world, but New Orleans will always be home. Their work is featured in many museums, including our local New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Right now on Where Y’Art, you can find a series of their work that focuses on found graffiti. Addison Yerger are drawn to the painted walls because they are constantly in flux, participating in an ongoing conversation. Like Rorschach tests, each of us will assign our own meaning to them.

Describe your art in three words.

Layered, expressive, ambiguous.

Describe yourself in one word.

Adventurous.

Addison Yerger Red Graffiti Paint Brushstrokes Photography

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’.

Addison Yerger Blue Paint Graffiti Photography Rust

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?

The Blues.

Where can we find you when you are not creating art?

Traveling the world or exploring the Deep South.

Addison Yerger Wallpaper Flowers Graffiti Paint Photography

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.

To see more of Addison Yerger’s works, check out their page on Where Y’Art: Addison Yerger.