In Black Untime No. 3
In this drawing, a rider on horseback hovers amidst a foggy, graphite-smudged vertical expanse. This work explores a range of personal and political histories—touching on subjects such as black jockeys, the Great Migration, divining and family mythology. The artist's great-grandfather journeyed to the Midwest; Young fuses visual elements of this ancestral story with his own image, creating a spectral depiction of past, present and future.
The continuously shifting graphite landscape foregrounds the aesthetic and structural frameworks that present historical information. In this work, Young simultaneously casts doubt and belief in this process—questioning the illusory nature of reality while transversing the distance between truth, religion, language and mark-making.
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Nate Young’s meticulously hand-crafted multimedia works engage with issues of race and racialization while challenging traditional modes of artistic production. He explores theological themes, especially the systems and objects that shape our beliefs, through found text, diagrams and architectural elements. Young strips away all specific content from these sources, leaving a universal lexicon of primordial signs that strongly suggest meaning without conveying it—a profound void, at once empty and full.