New York

Michael Young

Blumhelman

Michael Young’s recent show manifests the artist’s interest in minutiae on a grand scale. For several years, Young has been producing small, square paintings of targets, circles, grids, and crosses; the paintings are made of sand and soil affixed to canvas, and sealed with a generous application of clear resin. Young has always imposed strict limits on his own practice. He combines and recombines his reduced formal vocabulary and limits his palette (with the exception of a few isolated patches of manufactured color) to the varying colors of sand provided by nature.

Young’s new work—four large paintings and an installation piece—is an impressive magnification of his recurring themes. This show represents a cosmological spectrum of scale, ranging from the grain of sand to the compositional unit, to the small paintings, to the large paintings and the wall of sand. Young seems to be building

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