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The Exhaustion of Saudia Young

Elaborating on the themes of contemporary portraiture and the tension between the human and the mechanical, the installation presents a sort of anthology of the Art of portrait while exploring its near exhaustion by representing its sole subject, Saudia Young (SY), ad nauseam.

This is the obsessive study of a character seen, over the years, through her various potent selves — an artist, a performer, a bi-racial woman, a brand, a friend — and its translation through various layered media consisting of video projections, LEDs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, Internet content, an app., a book and many autobiographical objects. My muse is a little known single middle age singer songwriter, designer and actress, a paradoxically “invisible” figure that is suddenly fully exposed.

The piece also genuinely celebrates the act of portraiture and the beauty of Saudia Young. She simultaneously rose to full exposure and fell to exhaustion for the duration of the BRIC Media House inaugural Biennial last December.


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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014; photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy BRIC

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014; photo by Jason Wyche, courtesy BRIC

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014

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Installation view at the BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014 - Detail

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BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition; Sept 20-Dec 14, 2014 - App postcard

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Video frame of "SY Autobiography" 13’

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Saudia Young's autobiography, originally shot in 2004, is part of an ongoing collection of videos recording artists telling the story of their life starting with their very first memory. An animation of Miss Young has been overlaid and the images have been altered.


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Video frame of "SY Black Hole Sun" 3'40"

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SY Black Hole Sun shows several a capella versions of the titled song interpreted by Saudia Young. Four takes are systematically layered visually and sonically, creating a slightly chaotic effect that in times becomes harmonious. The layering emphasizes the slight differences in interpretation as well as the matching moments. The human element transcends the mechanical repetition.


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Video frame of "SY: How to be an interface" 13’

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"SY How to be an interface" stages Saudia Young following instructions to become the interface of a website that never got implemented. The distorted voice guiding her movements, the repetitions and the effected images humor the mystique often associated with technology.


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