This exhibition, the third at Addison/Ripley by Trevor Young, marks a significant step forward for the artist. Although some of the work presented will be very recognizable to fans and collectors, other more ambitious works directly address the show's title, Light Structures, by positioning wholly imagined architectural forms suspended over, rising from or cantilevered off of landscape elements.
Their faces reflect, diffuse, indeed enable light to be bent to the artist's imagination. With no obvious points of entry, with glass surfaces that refract the natural world as painted and with simple, modernist lines and dramatic settings, Young's configurations are part Kubrick 2001 stelae and part Bauhaus building, lit sometimes from within and other times by the world outside them.
Trevor Young's forte is his willingness to set impressive formal goals for his paintings while retaining an unquenchable and at times playful enthusiasm for familiar scenes that delight him, a McDonald's interior whose twisted playground is visible from the parking lot at night or the defining lights of unknown cities laid out in airplane view to name only two.
The Light Structures theme is at its most subtle and delicate in the small, poignant painting, "Light Line", where the artist has made the focus on the light glowing off of two power lines in the foreground, challenging his own concept for this show with a two dimensional rendering in three dimensional space.
Comprising works both small and grand, this exhibition puts the artist's technical skills and deep knowledge of landscape based art on full display while at the same time showcasing his fearless quest for new imagery, new challenges and visual drama in his work.
Architecture is the learned game correct and magnificent of forms assembled in the light.