Selected Egg Tempera on Wood Panel 1990
"Young graciously offers this visceral experience—usually available only in museums and holy places—and then denies its pleasure by defacing his surfaces with random drips, stains, and gouges that serve to self-vandalize any easy reading. This is not a flagellant pessimism that denies the possibility of originality, but rather a candid exposition of the process wherein details of depiction can be and are simply details of an abstract art object. Though occasionally too air-tight in their overbearing beauty, Young’s painting succeed in begging the question concerning the possibility of an “aesthetic experience” within a self-deconstructive vocabulary. The self lies on the defaced surface of painting, which may suffer under the weight of its history, but still offers a possibility for a sensual communication that invites a viewer to bodily engagement. A paramedic of painting, Young resuscitates and fuels the desire to mediate between a fascination with or hope for a sublime with the particularities of the reasoned, the material." - Kathryn Hixson, Arts magazine, January 1991.