New York

Young K.

Rastovski Gallery

Like many artists of his generation, Young K. makes work that focuses on the media, its role as a vehicle for power, and its ability to condition our perception of the world. He meets manipulation with his own countermanipulation, subverting the media’s presumed authority with acrylic paintings that look very much like enlarged newspaper photographs of monuments, landscapes, and historical events. His modus operandi, subversion through appropriation, seems all too familiar at first. We’ve seen it before—a moralistic, deconstructive strategy that has been defanged by its own appropriation into the mainstream. Yet Young K. is set apart by his ability to be self-critical, to place himself in the path of his own critique of power.

In his work of the mid ’80s, Young K. investigated the way in which our relationship to external phenomena is preconditioned, and how this conditioning is accomplished

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