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Pulling Edges

Jason Tanner Young


Young's work addresses the relationship between objects and memory. Often acting as a marker for experiences, objects offer a method by which to navigate by serving as internal landmarks. His hybridized forms describe personal truths, events, and behaviors.

Pulling Edges consists of objects and installations composed of cast bronze, copper, steel, wood, and found objects.

5 - JUNE 24

Exhibit Gallery

About The Exhibit

Jason Tanner Young collects and utilizes copper both as a found object and as a means to produce his own bronze alloy. He is interested in an object's history (haunted materials), and its relationship and connection to a place. Copper is often used for electrical wiring, various plumbing applications (potable water, steam for warmth), or to relocate rainwater via gutters and downspouts. Young is interested in how these architectural inner workings exemplify a body and sustain daily functions that often go unnoticed.

The lost wax process is another relatively hidden application. Much like a circulatory system, the sprue and runner system is avital network that conveys hot metal to all parts of a mold. Young's sculptures embrace and accentuate this network of vessels, highlighting the elegant and complex system that helps birth so many of our everyday objects. Young incorporates these cast bronze pieces into steel and wood compositions, creating new hybridized forms.

Using locally sources wood from various places he has lived, Young usually processes and mills the wood himself from storm-damaged trees. While fragments of tools can be identified in his works, the open, twisting forms suggest the fluidity of fish or the movement of water. Recent sculptures include the process of stack lamination as a building method for the construction of works that function as internal landmarks. He thinks of landmarks in terms of navigating and measuring distance; they are nostalgic objects specific to an area and profound in the way they permeate our memory. Specifically, that silo with mesquite trees growing out of it that was torn down several summers ago, but it still exists. The memory of the experience is the true ownership.

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