The Introducing Series
Blake D. Young Introduced by Rachel Wolff
This event took place on August 15th 2012
Introducing… is an initiative that creates a platform for emerging artists to be formally introduced by an advocate of their art and future career. Twice a month a new artist will be presented by their champion and will have an exemplary piece of work exhibited at The Window at 125.
To accompany the piece in the window space, a celebration of each artist and the formal introduction will take place in the form of a conversation between the champion and artist during an invitational evening. They are posted in its entirety every two weeks here on Vimeo and on rogersmithlife.com
Towing the line between fine art and experimental film, recent Brooklyn transplant Blake D. Young combines enigmatic found imagery with a rigorous stop-motion technique to create a visual language all his own. His sources are as powerful and affecting as the aesthetics themselves, drawn from European literature and history as well as the cannon of 20th-century avant-garde film (favorites include Ingmar Bergman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Raul Ruiz, and Michelangelo Antonioni). In Augustine (2011), Young tackles Georges Didi-Huberman’s semi-recent treatise on hysteria—namely, as it was defined, diagnosed, treated, and documented in Belle Epoque-era France. Young fixated on the story of “Charming Augustine,” a young Parisian vagrant who was subjected to a series of procedures to treat her so-called hysteria in a very public space. Young explores the late-19-century conflation of female sexuality and madness by using the nuanced tools in his interdisciplinary arsenal to bring a version of her story to life.
“I have always been drawn to stop-motion animation—the puppets themselves, the meticulous process, the phantom-like role of the artist’s hand, and the way in which all of the action and emotion is self-contained in this artist-made little world. It’s sculpture, it’s craft, it’s story, it’s film and there are few disciplines that allow artists to tackle all of those things at once. From the Quay Brothers’ current outing at MoMA to Nathalie Djurberg, who has an ambitious installation on view at the New Museum, stop-motion is gaining more and more traction and visibility in the traditional art world. Yet to me, Blake’s vision remains unique. I love his sources, I love his aesthetic, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.”
- Rachel Wolff
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