Selected Egg Tempera on Wood Panel 1992
"The images float puzzlingly between pictorial idioms. They employ the clean order of their Renaissance antecedents and the subjects of still life (flowers, containers), but their swimming surfaces appear on the brink of abstraction. Many of the pictures look as if they have been painted and repainted, then painted again as if, like his viewers, the artist himself were engaged in a struggle to decipher some secret within these frames. The surfaces themselves look cracked and brittle. In fact, Young often incises the picture surface as he composes a painting, making the image look decayed—yet more ephemeral. Mounted on cherry frames so that they seem to hover just above the wall, these paintings seem ready to evaporate even before we turn our gaze." - Mitchell Stevens, Chicago Reader, May 8, 1992.