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  • Provenance

    Art Production Fund, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Art Production Fund, Aaron Young, Live Performance, 2007; London, The Saatchi Gallery, New Painting and Sculpture, 29 May, 2009 - 17 January, 2010

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, The Saatchi Gallery, Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, London, 2008, pp. 340-343 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    High octane action painting is one way to describe the artwork of Aaron Young. Young's paintings are a mixture of performance art, abstract expressionism and controlled chance. In his work Greeting Card 10a, 2007, Young first created a large multicoloured and platform covererd black topcoat. This ‘stage' was then installed in the New York Armory building. Once installed, the live painting performance began. A group of motorcyclists were asked to burnout, skid, spin and drive across the panels. With each aggressive maneuver the black top coat was stripped away and the colours below exposed. Young's direction of the painting created conditions chance within a controlled environment. The process of painting by motorcycle revisited the concepts in painting explored by artists such as Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. Young however expanded upon their exploration by incorporating a performance element and introducing new technologies to the creative environment. Young is amongst of group of artist's using modern technology to explore 20th century movements. Like Anslem Reyele's (lot x) exploration of Minimalism, Young's approach to revisiting Abstract Expressionism and Performance Art explores the condition and ways in which a painting is created.


Greeting Card 10a

Stained plywood, acrylic, burnt rubber in ten parts.
Overall: 487 x 609 cm (191 7/8 x 239 7/8 in).

£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £121,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010