Over the past three decades John Young has
continuously negotiated with the definitions and concepts surrounding
the question: what is the role of the artist? Throughout his long
artistic journey Young’s practice has responded
to and been shaped
by the seismic shock waves that initially introduced Postmodernism as a
fringe activity eventually leading to its endorsement as an orthodoxy.
Few artists in the history of Australian Art have proven to
be as adaptable as Young and even fewer have
been able to reconcile the philosophical and
cultural exigencies that characterise the artist’s
position in the world.
Christopher Dean is a practicing artist and writer
with a specialist interest in Australian Art.
Extract from 2009 catalogue