46 Mount Pleasant Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Art Exhibit

Exhibit March 4 through March 31
Artist Reception: Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 PM

Mary Young was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in 1989. She grew up with two sisters, constantly using their imaginations to play. She can recall creating lengthy stories, and detailed characters in their own little world. These "little worlds" directly impact her paintings to date. She moved to New York City when she was 17, lived and worked there for eight years. Young graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Since returning to New Jersey, her work is heavily influenced by cinema, literature, and contemporary conflicts. Creating narratives of self-exploration; Young places her over exposed figures in stage-like settings, allowing the viewer to enter into a world of surreal familiarity. Using thick, honest brushstrokes, one is quickly seduced into exploring the various plains of color, line, and raw markings. She currently works out of her studio in East Orange, NJ.

Like most things, I fall in and out of love with paintings on a daily basis. The paintings represent modern dramas and relations, focusing mainly on creating ambiance and characters with paint. Being in relationships we explore the deep paths that make us human. I want to explore these relationships between people; displaying everyday occurrences, emotions, dreams, and traumas. I want to challenge myself and the viewer in conversation: without words, strictly visual, through marks, line, color, and composition, concentrating mostly on the physicality of the paint, and my body in relation to the canvas. In a way I'm in the painting as a catalyst, the mover of forms, maker of gestures and builder of perspective. The colors and shape intertwine and change, as a body of language pressing forward and obscuring a response from the viewer. The paintings are large, and demand a presence. They are honest and untamed, challenging their own physical boundaries, constantly interrupting space. All together I would say that my concern is for a presence, a confidence of form and space, by creating a "voice" that is bigger than the canvas or the space it occupies. This big presence is my way of sharing what I think is essential. It is a movement, sensual at times, more aggressive at others but the paintings are raw, because the drama of life is being there and willing to be part of the play.

To view more of Young's work, visit her website at www.maryhyoung.com.