READY TO WATCH - TEN ARTISTS WITH STAYING POWER IN THE 2006 WHITNEY BIENNIALBy Karen Rosenburg
"A biennial dies every 30 seconds in the world," curator Philippe Vergne is fond of saying. Still, the Whitney's version never goes quietly, and like a supernova, it scatters light and energy into the atmosphere. We've identified ten artists who, we think, are likely to be around when the dust settles. In the spirit of this globalized Biennial, five hail from the West Coast, three from Europe, and one from West End Avenue. Get a glimpse of them now, while New York's still the center of the universe.
A graduate of Yale's M.F.A. program, famous for turning out art jocks like Richard Serra, Aaron Young, 34, knows how to aestheticize macho aggression. A growling pit bull clamps onto a rope in his video Good Boy, and Young once filled a gallery with a revving motorbike's tire prints and exhaust. "My work is an attack," says the San Francisco native (and current New Yorker), who claims special inspiration from fellow West Coast artist Chris Burden (though Young has yet to shoot himself in front of gallerygoers). "He's referring to approaches that were common in the sixties and seventies," says MoMA and P.S. 1 curator Klaus Biesenbach, "but he is making them cutting-edge." For his first solo show, Young hired a helicopter to train searchlights on the opening; look for more intimidating art in the Biennial, including a bronze sculpture of a boulder spray-painted locals only!Read the entire article hereSource:
UES MOTORCROSS - Rarely is an artist's burnout so enjoyable to watch. Vroom! Vroom!By Christopher Bollen
On September 17, artist Aaron Young turned the Seventh Regiment Armory into an art-world version of an indoor Hells Angels rally. For seven minutes, ten riders performed elaborate burnouts over a vast patch of specially painted boards; their tires dug into the orange paint, underneath leaving giant scribbles in their wakes. Five hundred VIP guests stood on the second-floor wraparound balcony as the riders skidded, back-circled, and revved their engines. Amid celebrities and curious somebodies such as Stephanie Seymour, Chloďż˝ Sevigny, Terry Richardson, Usher, Rufus Wainwright, and Tom Ford (he and Sotheby's "sponsored" it; Art Production Fund produced it), many in the audience had to make use of the gas masks passed out at the entrance as the air filled with burned rubber and exhaust. At the end, two cycles "signed" the painting AY 07, to cheersRead the entire article hereSource:
REVIEW -AARON YOUNG Harris LiebermanBy Adam E. Mendelsohn
In "1%," his impressive solo debut, Aaron Young has smashed and burned Harris Lieberman Gallery into one of the most red-blooded shows in town. A collaborator by nature, Young has previously solicited day laborers, tattoo artists, helicopter pilots and a football team to help make his art. This time he invited skaters, motorbike riders and bronze casters.
For The Driftness, Young invited a biker named Winkie to ride through the space, leaving a snaking, gestural trace of burned rubber across the gallery's floor. Leaning against the walls are three ghostly silhouettes from the series "The Young and the Driftless." They were made automatically during Winkie's wild ride, when shards of rubber shed by the tires attached themselves to sheets of safety glass treated with glue. Read the entire article hereSource: