‘5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Nathan DeYoung – Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show (on view through Nov. 27th)

Nathan DeYoung 'Scene 1: As The Landscape Blurred (The Memories Shown Through It)' - Acrylic on MDF panel

’5 Years / 5 Questions’ with Nathan DeYoung

Please tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
My piece is an acrylic painting on MDF panel. Conceptually it’s about trying to hold on to something you’ve had, and the effects that has on your ability to pursue a desired future. I write a poem for each piece and the poem for this painting is below.

Scene 1: As The Landscape Blurred (The Memories Shown Through It)

Blue and green share in yellow gold and aged brown,
mixing the wisdom and smiles
of all that lies below and across from you.
Held deep in the familiar lines of your hands
is the scene we smother,
fractions of warm air, forgotten folds and imagined creases.
All shimmering and brilliant we stand,
where the smiles grow in the deep and foreign roots
of those circular feet, that blur everything. and remember nothing.

What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
In 2005 I was a senior in high school that was looking forward to graduating. After school I was working a couple of part time jobs and painting whenever I could.

Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
1. TONS of drinking water.
2. My iPod
3. Heatgun (used to dry paint)
4. My two overhead lights (can’t work with just one, need both of em’)
5. My collection of assorted beanies and headbands to keep my hair out of my face while painting

Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
I hope to be working as an artist full time. I hope I’m still living in San Diego county because I love it here. I hope I’m wiser and better spoken. I hope I’m still pursuing growth and challenging myself, and I hope that I am still very, very grateful, and appreciative of the life I have.

What have you got coming up in 2011?
I’m hiding for most of next year so I can build work for my two person show with Thinkspace Gallery late in 2011 alongside Linnea Strid!

Look for two amazing new works from DeYoung as part of this December’s ‘The New Realism’ show opening on Sat, Dec. 11th. Look for a sneak peek at his works for the show coming together via the link below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157625394622610/

Artist website: www.nathandeyoung.com

Check out the works featured in our 5 Year Anniversary show here:
http://www.thinkspacegallery.com/2010/11/works.php

‘5 Year Anniversary Show’
Group exhibition showcasing 49 artists representing our past, present and future with a featured installation from Johnny ‘KMNDZ’ Rodriguez

LAST DAY TO VIEW: This Sat, Nov. 27th from 1-6PM
(* please note we are closed this Thurs and Fri for Thanksgiving)

Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd in Culver City / www.thinkspacegallery.com

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