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Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Your Face Here" at Pop tART Gallery in LA January 29-March 6

I'm so excited that I'll be in LA for this opening! I was supposed to go to a one-woman show called Sugar Daddy last time I was in town and we got calls that it was canceled due to illness, so I feel like I missed out on my LA artistic moment. Must email and hope I can get my portrait done! Last time, it was getting my ass photographed (maybe even for a book) by Dave Naz. This time I want to see art and hang with my friends and their kids. And eat grilled cheese and maybe get some sun and that's really, really it. Via Jillian Lauren.


by Austin Young

January 29th - March 5th, 2011

opening reception: January 29th, 7-10p

closing reception: March 5th

Pop tART Gallery

3023 W. 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90020

Los Angeles, CA - National news-making curator Lenora Claire and popular

drag performer Phyliss Navidad are proud to present both the launch of

their new gallery Pop tART, as well as a solo exhibition - part

portrait, part participatory, part performative - by Los Angeles based

artist, Austin Young.

YOUR FACE HERE is a solo exhibition by artist Austin Young that

challenges the normative conditions in which portraits are produced and

exhibited. Young, for over 25 years, has been a celebrated portrait

photographer and artist, whose works blurs the lines, and transcends the

distinctions, between fashion, portraiture, and gender. This exhibition

marks a rare and glamorous moment when Young will generously open his lens onto the public.

For the duration of the exhibition, Young will establish his art studio

for a 5 week residency at Pop tART Gallery. The artist will be present

during gallery hours for portrait sittings, which will eventually fill the

walls of the gallery. The public is invited to participate as the subject

of the exhibition through the purchase of the pop cultural real estate

of the gallery walls. Participation extends beyond simply sitting for a

portrait - it will be a collaborative process where the participants

determine the portrait’s size and placement. Following the legacy of

Warhol’s Factory, Young will transform each participant into an art

celebrity. Or, just impress your high school chums by having the man who

just broke attendance records at LACMA with his co-collaborator’s of

Fallen Fruit take your Facebook profile pic. Bring your face!

Opening reception will be on January 29th, from 7-10pm. Celebrity

make-up artists will be on site for beautification as well as a fabulous

performance by Killsonic, a 50 piece ensemble band. Floral arrangements

and landscaping on patio by Tenley Young, 1st place winner of “The

Arrangement” on LOGO. Makeup provided by Urban Decay. Accessories by

Skingraft. Refreshments by Customized Celebrations. The closing reception

will be your reception! Come see you face in lights.

Contact Lenora Claire at Pop tART Gallery for more details and to reserve

your portrait. or

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