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Nate Young's 'Postracialization' at XYandZ Gallery

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Emo Philips once said, "I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this." It's a great observation, but few would dispute the fact that the mind really is a fascinating part of the human body. There's an awful lot that goes on in our gray matter, after all. It can't help but be a puzzle solver, always searching for connections and patterns, even when they don't intentionally exist.


Artist Nate Young is taking advantage of the brain's natural instinct in his newest show "Postracialization."

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For the exhibition, Young takes familiar faces, such as Kanye West, Charlton Heston, and Michael Jackson, and combines them on his canvasses with letters and numbers, including license plates. It is up to the viewer to decide if there is a correlation, or if the pairings are arbitrary. Is there some sort of code to decipher in all of it? Maybe, maybe not. You'll have to see what your brain comes up with.

In addition to Young's portraits, his show will also include a video projection.

"Postracialization" begins this Saturday, September 10 at XYandZ Gallery with an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. where Young will participate in a performance piece with a local poet. The exhibition runs through October 7.