Brooklyn artist Doug Young questions everything.
Recently he directed his inquisitiveness to the subject of our relationship with nature. Nature is a place of refuge, exploration, and exploitation. Young’s new paintings propose museums as microsystems of both curiosity and corrupt expansionism, focusing on the idea that nature is in service to society.
Doug Young’s works explore tensions between the natural and manmade world in a manner that is dystopian yet hopeful. Employing the technique of reverse painting on glass, Young creates a visual experience that uses illusion and wonder as an antithesis to oppressive systems that devalue individual labor and personal expression.
Along with reverse painting on glass, Young works in traditionally recognized folk art mediums of woodworking and rug hooking. He engages with labor-intensive craft that celebrates the material over the cerebral and its egalitarian approach to art making. Young is a student of American popular culture, and the folk arts offer him a means to speak to the spirit of America’s rich creative past while using imagery and iconography that address our urban and technological present.
In 2001 Doug Young was awarded the Guinness Book World Record for the longest nonstop banjo performance in history—24 hours total.