August 12, 2015

Nate Young: The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated
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Nate Young: The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated

September 12, 2015–EXTENDED through January 3, 2016

FWM, 1214 Arch Street: Second Floor Gallery

 

Public Reception: Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

featuring a members-only performance of a musical composition by Cynthia Hopkins at 5:30 pm

 

The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) presents The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated, an exhibition of new work by Nate Young (Minneapolis, MN) who, through FWM’s Artist-in-Residence Program, continues his exploration of systems and objects that impacts one’s beliefs. This exhibition opens Saturday, September 12, 2015 in FWM’s second floor gallery. FWM will host a public reception on Friday, October 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to celebrate its Fall 2015 exhibitions, as well as the debut of a members-only performance of a musical composition by FWM Artist-in-Residence Cynthia Hopkins (Brooklyn, NY) at 5:30 pm.
 
Young’s theological concepts, at times rendered through text, diagrams, and architectural elements—such as altars, church pews, and in this exhibition, a pulpit—create unexpected encounters through his use of unique materials. The surface of the eight-foot, fabricated metal pulpit that Young made in collaboration with FWM is designed to create, as Young described, “an effect where the object actually recedes into space, becoming conscious of its own presence.” This effect is achieved through the use of a super-black paint developed for the aerospace industry and used by NASA that is distinctive for its high-light absorption and low outgassing properties, thus producing a perceptual illusion within the installation environment and a shifting awareness of the artwork.
 
In an immersive video installation, the second work in The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated, Young strips away as much visual material as possible to reveal the system of language. This new work, produced during the artist’s residency at FWM, incorporates a preacher’s oration with a magician’s sleight of hand by using a 16th century holographic illusion known as Pepper’s Ghost. As the artist stated, “In a lot of my work, what I am doing is thinking of language as a system. Magic is sort of a system through which we have a contextual understanding of things. Because we agree what language is, we are able to communicate that the context is language.”
 
Nate Young: The Unseen Evidence of Things Substantiated is part of FWM’s ongoing series, Convergence: Declarations of Independence, which presents to the Philadelphia community the energy and creativity of artists working outside traditional centers of the art world.
 
Funding for this exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Arcadia Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM).
 
About the Artist
Nate Young (Minneapolis, MN) received his B.A. from Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN in 2004. Young went on to receive his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and to complete a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. Working across media in a manner that challenges traditional modes of artistic production, Young creates works that engage with issues of race and racialization. Some of Young’s recent group exhibitions include Go Tell it on the Mountain at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2013); Fore at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York (2012); and Projected Identity at the Anderson Gallery Drake University, Des Moines, IA (2012). Young is also a co-founder of The Bindery Projects, an alternative exhibition space in Saint Paul, MN that seeks to foster critical engagements outside of traditional arts institutions. Young’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center, and he is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL. 
 
The Friday, October 2nd reception will also celebrate the following exhibition:
September 12, 2015–EXTENDED through January 3, 2016
FWM, 1214 Arch Street: Eighth Floor Gallery
Featuring a performance of a musical composition by Cynthia Hopkins, October 2nd at 5:30 pm
 
About The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Founded in 1977, The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) encourages international artists at all stages of their careers to experiment with new materials and new media in a veritable living laboratory, working with studio staff, educators, and apprentices. Through its renowned Artist-in-Residence Program, FWM’s collaborative process continues to build a permanent collection of some 6,000 works of art and an archive of diverse materials that preserve and document the course of artistic production from inspiration to realization. An ambitious program of exhibitions and publications, a dynamic website, and wide-ranging educational programming enhance FWM's commitment to conveying a story of contemporary art that unites process with finished works of art of interest to a broad national and international audience.
 
The programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum are supported by Agnes Gund; Amy Stone, Art Ancora; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Arcadia Foundation; The Barra Foundation; Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation; Claneil Foundation; The Coby Foundation, Ltd.; The Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation; The Honickman Foundation; Independence Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; Knight Foundation; LEF Foundation; LLWW Foundation; Longwood Plantation Foundation, Inc.; Louis N. Cassett Foundation; Mondriaan Foundation; Museums ConnectSM made possible by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the American Alliance of Museums; National Endowment for the Arts; New Millennium Charitable Foundation; The New York Community Trust; Nimoy Foundation; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; PNC Foundation; PNC Arts Alive; Public Funds from the Netherlands Cultural Service; The Quaker Chemical Foundation; Samuel S. Fels Fund; Individual Trustee Discretionary Grant, of the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation; Uplands Family Foundation; and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
 
For more information, or to request images, please contact Michele Bregande, Assistant to the Directors – Public Relations,at michele@fabricworkshopandmuseum.org, or 215.561.8888.
 
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