Aaron Young’s Crushed Barricade #3, 2009, represents a bent crowd-control steel fence that has been plated with 24-karat gold. The urban furniture serves the purpose of control over pedestrians and traffic, limiting access and encouraging certain directions. Firstly, in a destructive action, Young crushes the fence and gives it a new form that makes its initial function obsolete. Then, the steel surface was plated with gold, thus elevating the fence into a domain of near-religious preciousness, far away from its initial policing function. There is a political undertone with this sculpture. Power may be used to abuse or to protect, the same way the artist tampers with the physical integrity of the object and then cares for it by making it shine. @artistaaronyoung
Found and Ready
Sculptures by Alexis Dahan, Tom Sachs and Aaron Young
February 26th to March 3rd from 10am to 6pm
Coburn Projects 2 Rivington St.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 28th - 6 to 8pm