Aaron Young/ Aaron Young

United States 1972

Sculpture, Performance Art, Photography, Drawing

Aaron Young
Aaron Young
Male
United States
1972

Aaron Young is an American Contemporary artist born in 1972 in San Francisco. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 2001, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Art in 2004.

Aaron Young’s artworks rely on the aftereffects of dynamic, energetic, and sometimes even dangerous performances. He hires participants stereotyped as marginalized rebels, such as skateboarders and motorcycle riders, to perform various stunts in exhibition spaces on specially prepared platforms, such as the performance Arc Light, 2008. Like Steven Parrino, Young uses destructive actions as generative force, the traces of his ephemeral acts are recorded as videos, drawings, sculptures, and photographs to constitute artistic artifacts. In Arc Light, Young takes Robert Rauschenberg’s iconoclastic gesture, Automobile Tire Print as his starting point. But in the place of the older artist’s single tire track, Young produces an opus of traces of the complex and intricate choreography performed by a team of riders. And thus an unexpected, updated, and expanded interpretation of Jackson Pollock’s seminal “action paintings”.

His work has been exhibited internationally in many exhibitions including P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, the Whitney Biennial, New York, the Serpentine Gallery, London and the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, among many others.

The artist lives and works in New York City.



YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Sed Tantum Dic Verbo (Just Say The Word)Blain Southern, Berlingroup
2014Limited ExposureMassimo De Carlo gallery, Londonsolo
2014The Armory Show 2014Almine Rech Gallery, Brusselsgroup
2014Mana expositionMana Contemporary, New Jerseygroup
2014PlatformAlmine Rech Gallery, Brusselsgroup
2013Limited ExposureMassimo De Carlo, London, Englandsolo
2013LocalsKukje Gallery, Seoul, Koreasolo
2013Merci MercyBortolamy Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2012No Fucking WayThe Company, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2012RebelMOCA, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2011Spit & Bite Curse & FightMassimo De Carlo, London, Englandsolo
2011ALWAYS FOREVER NOWGalerie Amine Rech, Paris, Francesolo
2011California Dreamin - Myths And Legends of Los AngelesGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, Francegroup
2011With one colorVan de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NYgroup
2011George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Uknown)MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2010Slippery when wetMACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, Italysolo
2010Slippery When WetBortolami, New York City, NYsolo
2010Repeat OffenderKukje Gallery, Seoul, Koreasolo
2010THE RIGHT WAY TO DO WRONGGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAsolo
2010Yotta PaintingsMassimo De Carlo, Milan, Italygroup
2010Wall & FloorGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, Francegroup
2010BrucennialNew York, NYgroup
2010Exhibition ExhibitionCastello di Rivoli, Turin, Italygroup
2010Re-DressingBortolami Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2010Julia Stoschek Collection — I want to see how you seeDeichtorhallen, Hamburg, Hambourg, Germanygroup
2010Celebration 8Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greecegroup
2009Pan MuseumNaples, Italysolo
2009Pan SEMPER IDEMGalerie Almine Rech, Brussels, Belgiumsolo
2009Pan Aaron YoungGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, Francesolo
2009It Ain’t Fair 2009Oh-Wow Gallery, Miami Beach, FLgroup
2009Rotating Views # 2, Works from the Astrup Fearnley CollectionAstrup Fearnley Museum Modern Art, Oslo, Polandgroup
2009PlayParadise Row in collaboration with Prakke Contemporary, London, Englandgroup
2009100 Years (Version #2, PS1)Julia Stoschek Foundation, New York, NYgroup
2009Spite HouseLawrimore Project, Seattle, WAgroup
2009Abstract America: New Painting and SculptureSaatchi Gallery, London, Englandgroup
2009The EndThe Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PAgroup
2008PUNCHLINEBortolami Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2008Arc LightMoscow, Gagosian Gallery, Moscow, Russiasolo
2008Smoke Flows in all DirectionsNaples, Italysolo
2008Pit Stop, Tit StopThe Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NYsolo
2008Murder LettersGaleria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugalgroup
2008SubstractionDeitch Projects, New York, NYgroup
2008Political/MinimalKW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germanygroup
2008The UnforgivenStellan Holm Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2008Off, Off BroadwayChez Colette, Paris, Francegroup
2008For What You Are About To ReceiveRed October Chocolate Factory, Moscow, Russiagroup
2007Greeting CardPark Avenue Armory, New York, NYsolo
2007Aaron YoungVBH, New York, NYsolo
2007Pop Art is… Gagosian Gallery, London, Englandgroup
2007Invisible ColoursMarian Goodman, Paris, Francegroup
2007Beneath the UnderdogGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAgroup
2007Last Attraction, Next ExitMax Wigram Gallery, London, Englandgroup
2007Dark VictoryIleana Tounta Contemporary, Athens, Greecegroup
2007ParisStop Jalouse MargazinePalais de Tokyo, Paris, Francegroup
2007Works from the Berezdivin collectionMuseo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Ricogroup
20072nd Moscow Biennale for Contemporary ArtMoscow, Russiagroup
2006Art PositionsArt Basel Miami Beach, FLsolo
20060.01Harris Lieberman, New York, NYsolo
2006Aaron YoungKunst-Werke, Berlin, Germanysolo
2006The Show will be open when the show will be closed… Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Francegroup
2006View (Eleven): UpstateMary Boone Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2006Yes Bruce NaumanZwirner & Wirth, New York, NYgroup
2006Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for NightWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYgroup
2006ActionFRAC PACA, Marseille, Francegroup
2006Mid-Life CrisisSalander-O’Reilly, New York, NYgroup
2006Montezuma’s RevengeNicole Klagsbrun, New York, NYgroup
2006SurvivorBortolami Dayan, New York, NYgroup
2006Uncertain States Of AmericaMuseum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norwaygroup
2005Kick the DogHerzilya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzilya, Israelsolo
2005Never Work (Bootlegs and other operations)Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CAsolo
2005Day LaborP.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.group
2005New PhotographyJJC Museum, Kansas City, KSgroup
2005New AcquisitionsMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYgroup
2005Bridge Freeze Before RoadBarbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2005Sticks and StonesPerry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2005Greater New York 2005P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.group
2005WithdrawalGalerie Chez Valentin, Paris, Francegroup
2005PremieresMuseum Of Modern Art, New York, NYgroup
2005Curatorial Choices: DrawingUniversity of Minnesota Museum, St.Paul, MNgroup
2004Tender ButtonsMidway Contemporary Art, MNsolo
2004Always Already PasséGavin Brown Enterprises @ Passerby, New York, NYgroup
2004Some ExhaustLehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2004Let The Bullshit Run A MarathonNicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2004Miami HeatPacemaker Gallery, Miami, FLgroup
2003From Here OnGuild & Greyshkul Gallery, New York, NYgroup
2003Circus8th Havana Bienal, Havana, Cubagroup
2002Cinco Artistas Jovenes de Diferentes PaisesGaleria Luis Andelatado, Valencia, Spaingroup
2001New Orleans Performance FestivalNew Orleans, LAgroup
2001Strictly BallroomStanford University Museum, Palo Alto, CAgroup
2000Paladar7th Havana Bienal, Havana, Cubagroup