Selected Mixed Media / Collages 2001 -2002
Greater and Lesser Lights series (c-209), 24 x 46.25 in.
"Many elements of these assemblages would seem to fit into the category of art on their own, yet in their cohabitation they evoke the obscure and brackish. One is reminded of Walt Whitman’s Calamus ('In paths untrodden, / In the growths by margins of pond waters, / Escaped from the life that exhibits itself…'). These works suggest those vague arenas of the psyche where we like the poet, respond as we 'would not dare elsewhere.' Obvious contrasts are at play in Young’s work, between nature and artifice, old and new, structure and randomness. Yet passages guided by chance are all the more allusive for the exacting attention paid to form elsewhere. And the artifice of language, in the form of writing, appears ultimately as a further expression of nature, like flowers, the idiosyncratic sigils of a strange and perpetual exultance." - Tom Breidenbach, Artforum magazine April 2002.