South African conceptual artist Ed Young enjoys challenging the art world and its methodologies working in various mediums ranging from sculpture and painted type murals to videos and more. And his work does not go unnoticed. Last year at the Jo’burg Art Fair, Young created an exact-to-scale silicone replica of his naked self at two-thirds his actual size, titled My Gallerist Made Me Do It, fascinating most of the 8,500 attendees of the fair. His piece titled Arch (short for Archbishop Desmond Tutu) swings from a working chandelier in the conference room of the IDASA headquarters, and apparently brought huge smiles to the Archbishop himself upon setting eyes on it.
Young’s murals are equally provocative in their bold type. Unknowingly, we ourselves came across one of Young’s murals a few years back in Miami…that’s Em in the bottom right photo!
Young doesn’t say a heck of a lot about his work when interviewed as you can see in the video below.