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© Aaron Young 2009
© Aaron Young 2009


Aaron Young

Written 30 January

Wednesday 08 April, 11:00
Galerie Almine Rech, 75003 [map]

Aaron Young’s performances, videos, and sculptures deal with art’s capacity to aestheticise extreme behaviour and the margins of culture. In his previous work he has solicited day labourers, tattoo artists, helicopter pilots, a football team, skaters, motorbike riders and bronze casters to help produce his art. For his video High Performance (2000), Young hired a biker to do tire “burnouts” in a studio space at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Influenced by Chris Burden’s high-risk performance actions of the 1960s, (most notably "Trans-Fixed" where Burden lay face up on a Volkswagen Beetle and had nails hammered into both of his hands, and the 1971 controversial performance piece "Shoot", in which he was shot in his left arm by an assistant), Young makes sure he is an accomplice within the scenarios he orchestrates, acutely aware that his motives are always implicated. As Young has said himself his art is an attack, particularly on the senses.

What: Aaron Young
When: Wednesday 08 April, 11:00
Where: Galerie Almine Rech, 19 rue Saintorge 75003 [map]
Transport: Arts et Métiers, Filles du Calvaire
Cost: 0EUR
Phone: +33(0)1 45 83 71 90


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