PROJECTS

HISTORY PROJECTS

1866 THE WORLDS OF LOWE KONG MENG AND JONG AH SIUG

1967DISPERSION

BONHOEFFER IN HARLEM

MODERNITY'S END: HALF THE SKY

NONE LIVING KNOWS

OPEN MONUMENT

OPEN WORLD

SAFETY ZONE

SCHINDLER

THE BURRANGONG AFFRAY

THE MACAU DAYS

THE NEW WOLF OF ROME

ABSTRACT PAINTINGS

SURVEY EXHIBITIONS

PAINTING SERIES

DOUBLE GROUND PAINTINGS

EARLY WORKS

BONHOEFFER IN HARLEM

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9. Prison, 2008 by John Young

9. Prison, Winter 2008

chalk on blackboard paint on paper

100 x 70 cm


10. Thrush, Winter 2008
unique edition digital inkjet print on photosatin paper
100 x 70 cm




BONHOEFFER IN HARLEM
St Matthauskirche, Kulturforum, Berlin in conjunction with Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin | Beijing, 10 April – 2 August 2009



"In his works for Bonhoeffer in Harlem, John Young succeeds in spanning a great distance in both thematic and artistic terms. Starting with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in whom central terms like transculturality, ethical commitment, and responsible action are combined, we are presented with political developments that begin in the Third Reich, continue through Young’s history of his own identity, and end with the Nepalese exile of the rug maker Lob Sang from Tibet. This thematic complexity finds its artistic expression in three different work groups, in which Young plays with various media and materialities and subjects them to processes of transformation: paper becomes blackboard, glass becomes silk or canvas. In the combination, we are presented with an iridescent image, a shifting between light and dark, opacity and transparence, being earthly and Christian spirituality. The board drawings emblematize repression and death, but the tapestry as well as both abstract works disperse the severity of these works, and in so doing Young leads us back to light and hope."

Sylvia Dominique Volz
Art historian, Berlin, Germany
2009