Selected Mixed Media / Collages 1999
"While Young agrees that beauty is ‘temporary,’ with our perceptions of it shifting relevant to our times, our culture, and our personal taste, he also believes in the ability of art to tap into universal elements of the human experience, beauty being a prime agent for such an endeavor. Exhibiting a few years ago in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Young found that his 'high-art' abstractions—for which he deliberately 'pillages' the Western art-historical canon as well as drawing upon his former career as a biologist—made perfect sense to the artists he met there, despite their lack of a common cultural or historical context for reference. Young speaks of a 'feeling' that is communicated through the work, a feeling that he is not creating, but rather remarking upon, and of the viewer’s ability to sense something of the artist’s intentions, passion, or sincerity through the work, even without fully understanding the context from which it came." - Ann Wiens, dialogue magazine, May-June 1999.