The Slow Death of Rocks First Friday Reception

POSTED ON 10.18.2019

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present Doug Young: The Slow Death of Rocks, on view from November 1, 2019 – January 10, 2020 in SSG’s Dové Gallery. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on First Friday, November 1 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  


Doug Young’s works explore tensions between the natural and manmade world in a manner that is dystopian yet hopeful. Employing the technique of reverse painting on glass, Young creates a visual experience that uses illusion and wonder as an antithesis to oppressive systems that devalue individual labor and personal expression.


Along with reverse painting on glass, the exhibition at Second Street Gallery will feature Young’s current body of work utilizing moths and crystals.  These manmade “geodes” elicit feelings of curiosity and wonder and relates to how the history of collecting and display involves exploitation and that our passive observation is not without harm. These sculptures will continue to take on meaning in the future when the outcome of our collective actions will be the extinction of many insects and all we are left with is the fading shimmer of useless rocks. The rocks and moths are constructed from paper and the crystals are grown in the studio.

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