Portraits of "Ladies"
Austin Young 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 palate of musicians, artists and celebrities. Young confuses personality and identity issues in confrontational and unapologetic image-making of people who often mix gender roles or otherwise confound stereotypical constraints of socially-constructed identities. Austin is also co-founder of Fallen Fruit, and Tranimal Workshop. Recent solo shows include Newcomb Art Museum, Manifesta 12, LACMA, Portland Art Museum, 21c Museum Hotel, and more.