Artist Davin Youngs Explores Intersubjectivity through Photographic Portraiture, Shares results Online

When: now

The Present Group is delighted to present Davin Youngs’ edition of artist booklet sets entitled, “You were there too.” In this work, Youngs calls into question the idea of the portrait, exploring the dynamic relationship between the subject and the artist himself. An interactive, online version of “You were there too.” has just been released on The Present Group’s website for the public to explore.

Also included in the online presentation is an artist statment on the project, an audio interview with the artist, a resource for related links to artists and works, and a space for discussion of the work. The artist himself will be participating in the discussion from March 23-29th.

Scott Oliver reviews the work: “The effect is subtle, one of emotional mood rather than detailed biography…With childhood sufficiently distant and the twenty-year-old’s field of fuzzy possibility somewhat foreshortened [the late twenties are] a time marked by the dawning realization that life is finite. This is what You were there, too best captures. And the sense of impending adulthood (and accompanying melancholy) is made almost palpable as each participant recalls their history with Youngs and reaffirms the constancy of their relationship with him.”

About the artist:
Michigan native Davin Youngs lives, works and takes pictures in Chicago, IL. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Youngs has shown work both locally, internationally and in various online and print publications. His work often deals with the nature of relationships and how they are visually represented through the medium of photography.

About The Present Group:
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