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BIOGRAPHY – AUSTIN YOUNG
Austin Young is from Reno, Nevada and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The foundation of his career is from studying at Parsons in Paris. Early in his career, Austin transferred his interests from traditional portrait painting towards a long celebrated career in portrait photography. In many ways, Austin is more accurately described as an image-maker: his projects illustrate the sublime qualities of character that make celebrated people unique. Based on a nuanced visual language of pop-culture iconography, his trademark style and techniques have captured a broad pallate of musicians, artists and celebrities including Debbie Harry, Leigh Bowery and Margaret Cho, among others. In multiple bodies of work, Austin confuses personality and identity issues in confrontational and unapologetic image making about people who often split gender roles, stereotypical constraints and socially-constructed identities. Currently, Austin is self-producing a feature film crowd-sourced musical titled “TBD,” a musical play and film project that is co-created by everyone who participates. Austin is also a co-founder of Fallen Fruit, a contemporary art collective that uses fruit as a material for projects that investigate the hyper-synergistic qualities of collaboration. Austin Young creates works of art that are transgressive about subjective qualities and emboldens prescribed meaning with an acute focus on honesty and narrative representations of the real.
Interview with Austin Young on warptv:
video portrait of Austin Young by Mr. and Mrs. Hahn
His photographs have been featured in major publications such as Interview magazine, OK, and Flaunt and have been in solo exhibitions and projects at LACMA (Los Angeles, CA), Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Berkeley Art Museum (Berkley, California); and as well as groups shows at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA) and Stephen Cohen Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).
They have shown at festivals including Frameline, MIX, In addition to photography and filmmaking, Young is co-founder of Fallen Fruit, an art collective who use fruit as a common denominator to change the way you think about the world. Fallen Fruit has had major exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum; Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake City, Utah), Machine Project, Matadero (Madrid, Spain); LACE (Los Angeles) and ARS Electronic (Austria). Fallen Fruit is a Creative Capital grantee for 2013 and just completed LA Counties first Public Fruit Park in Del Aire with a grant from the LA County Art's Commision.