These are the questions: Is my perception of the world just another version in the ocean of different accounts of stories and objects, rendering other versions to belong to other people? If the answer is yes, who is to say what, in fact, constitutes the world? Already, we are in the field of challenging epistemological questions. However, one philosopher took a step further and asked himself – could these versions, in fact, create the world? Are we, through trying to explain, actually building the world? These notions were reflected upon by Nelson Goodman, and there are numerous ways of applying his philosophical thought to the notion of urban art. After all, it is the power of urban artists to transform the notions of perceiving the world…
The Work of Amber Jean Young
In 2006, this artist graduated from Kenyon College with a BA degree. After returning to San Francisco, where she lives and works today, she finished the Post Baccalaurate program in 2008 and Master of Fine Art program in 2010 at the San Francisco Art institute. Her solo exhibitions include the showcasing of work in Berkeley, California and at the Michael Rosenthal Gallery, in 2011 and 2012 respectively. In her work, Young explores the notions of memory and place, utilizing a knowledge and techniques associated with photography an quilting. It can be said that her greatest inspiration resides in the imagery and actuality of her homeland of North California. The methodology which Young uses is an intriguing ensemble of different techniques and approaches, such as the devotion to color and contrast, as well as a particular printing process on the surface of the fabric which she transforms in various ways…
(Re)making of Worlds
Integrating the parts of strips of fabric into linen quilts, Young investigates the possibilities of restructuring the memory of the landscape of her homeland. The connotational level of her creative process is reflected in the usage of materials which are in direct relation to the space she is devoted to in her work. What makes the creative work of Amber Jean Young so intriguing and aesthetically empowered is the realization that fragmented and distorted elements of the art pieces actually resonate the notions of memory and remembering. Thus, her practice conveys the contemplation upon the incomplete personal memories. This is a very postmodern perception of expression since it is closely tied to the notion of social constructivism. By exploring the nature of a world that (might have) existed, the artist actually creates new worlds. Possibilities to enjoy a mesmerizing creative process and explore the boundaries of memory will occur in the period between October 18th and November 15th 2014 at Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles.
All images courtesy of subliminalprojects.com