Tuesday, April 12, 2016

TORINO: Nate Young

Installation view of Nate Young: Stations at Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy. Image via lucegallery.com.
April 1 - May 16, 2016

Corso San Maurizio, 25  
Torino, Italy

From lucegallery.com:

In Stations Young continues his investigation into a series of diagrammatic marks originally abstracted from two sources; his father’s theological notations and explanations of the sign in Ferdinand de Sasussure’s semiotic theory. The potential that the forms could have meaning rests in the aesthetic of the diagram as an authoritative mark.  Operating as frame-works for latent ideas, the works invite the viewer to project meaning onto them but rather than provide the significance the work leaves to viewer to question why it is that implication may have been possible in the first place.  In this way the works operate as empty containers or possibilities as opposed to articulations filled with dogma or truth.

In this installation Young uses the 14 stations of the cross as a starting point to push the work further toward its religious reference while at the same time disrupting the ability to land on a particular doctrine. The stations serve not as an animation of the original story line, the trail and death of Christ, but as a method to move the audience through space.  Although no actual narrative occurs, the serial nature and linear structure produces an implication of logic suggesting an ideology that remains hidden.

Nate Young, born in 1981, lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. Selected solo shows: The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA; But not yet: in the spirit of linguistics, Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL; Rehearsals, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN; Tony Lewis and Nate Young, Room East, New York, NY; Joy, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL.  Selected group shows: Retreat (curated by Theaster Gates), Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL; Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, Minneapolis. College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN; Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Go Tell it on the Mountain, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Body Word and Image, Drake University, Des Moines, IA; Clifford Owens: Anthology (as participant), PS1 MOMA, New York, NY.

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