AARON YOUNG: GREETING CARD
- Date: 2007
- Location: Park Avenue Armory: 643 Park Avenue, New York City
- Artists: Aaron Young
Art Production Fund and the Park Avenue Armory are proud to present Aaron Youngʼs installation Greeting Card.
For his first ever public exhibition in NYC, Young will paint 288 panels of plywood in alternating colors of red, pink, orange and yellow fluorescent, finishing with an opaque coat of black paint to conceal the bright layers underneath. These boards will then be laid out n the massive Drill Hall floor, forming a 128 x 72 foot canvas. Twelve motorcycle riders will perform on this platform, following specific directions by Young, their synchronized movements forming a pattern of burnouts on the wood. This pattern will be allowed to disintegrate over the course of the performance, based on ridersʼ individualized actions. When the exhaust clears, the gestural residue of the performance will remain - streaks of burnt rubber, worn away layers of paint, and newly revealed neon colors. This huge 9,216 sq. foot painting, inspired by the 1943 Jackson Pollock action painting, Greeting Card, will be on view along with a video documentation of the performance beginning September 18th.
Aaron Youngʼs work records and reflects the traces of performances and actions, combining references to the history of post-minimal performance art with an interest in social issues of marginalization. Through video, sculpture, drawing, and photography, Young repositions physical and social boundaries, using his work to aestheticize questions of power. Aaron Young was born in 1972 in SF CA and lives and works in NY. He graduated in 2004 from Yale University (MFA) and 2001 from San Francisco Art Institute (BFA). Past shows include, group exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, 2007; Last Attraction/Next Exit, curated by Neville Wakefield, Max Wigram gallery, London, 2007; Beneath the Underdog, curated by Nate Lowman and Adam McEwan, Gagosian Gallery, New York; Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida, 2006; and Whitney Biennial 2006, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Kick the Dog, Herzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzilya, Israel (catalogue), 2005.
Art Production Fund (APF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing ambitious public art projects, reaching new audiences and expanding awareness through contemporary art. Projects include: SHOW, Vanessa Beecroft, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1998; FISCHERSPOONER: LA, performance, 2001; Keith + Farrah, collaborative exhibition by Keith Edmier and Farrah Fawcett, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Andy Warhol Museum, 2003; PLAN B, Rudolf Stingel summer 2004, Grand Central's Vanderbilt Hall and The Walker Art Center; Prada Marfa, Elmgreen & Dragset, Valentine, TX, 2005, permanent. Future projects include works by Tim Noble & Sue Webster and Terence Koh.
APF: Co-Founders : Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen, Director of Operations: Casey Fremont.
The Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory is proud to host ground breaking work that pushes beyond traditional limits in an extraordinary setting. For more information please contact Danielle Oteri 212 671 5165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to APF benefactors for making this project possible:
Annual Support: Creative Link for the Arts, Target and all participating artists for supporting the WOW (Works on Whatever) series, Soho Mews. Project Patrons: Shelley Fox Aarons & Philip E. Aarons, William A. Ackman, Adam R. Flatto, Mark Fletcher, Holzer Family Collection, Kanbar Charitable Trust, Ninah and Michael Lynne, Barbara & Howard Morse, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Beth Swofford. Design Sponsor: Pandiscio Co. Major funding provided by:Download PDF