TRAIN is the debut solo exhibition of Debbie Young in Glasgow. The works presented are based on a prose poem written by Young – also titled ‘Train’: an embellished autobiographical account joining the protagonist on a train ride around the landscapes of the artist’s memories. The story is a developing metaphor, brimming with nostalgia and confusion. Dealing with time, as well as expressing the importance of humour and authenticity, the works are intuitively created using various mediums and layers.
Young defies boundaries and lets the power of imagination drive her work into something which expresses the vulnerability of the human experience in today’s condition. Embedded in the work is not only an attempt to break convention but also a fervent curiosity for materials and objects. Using Irreverent humour and fictional narratives as a method to communicate ideas, the expansive pieces are met with a keen eye for details. Like a memory, the works themselves are abstracted and assembled, a visual experience revisited, filled with tangible atmosphere.
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (2016) Debbie Young has won the Piket Kunstprijs (Dutch contemporary painting prize), co-founded artist initiative SID YOUNG, and founded the creative hub Studio Mama in Glasgow. These were in tandem with exhibiting paintings internationally and frequently.
Publication Launch 25.01.19 – 19:00-22:00
Curator: Isabella Shields.
Documentation: Neil Young.