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Matrix Series: “Across a Crowded Room...” flame worked borosilicate glass, 39 x 27 x 22”, 2009, Collection of the Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida

The glass sculptures of Brent Kee Young affect our sense of perception and our understanding of functionality. The work in his ongoing Matrix series often features depictions of common objects, but their treatment is such that startling new realities result. A kind of otherworldly surrogate is created in place of the original source. Some of the artist’s intentions are consistent with traditional art making endeavors such as defining form and the role of light, but those serve as a means to an end of magical content: impossibly delicate archetypes of recognizable forms. Young also works in directions that move away, in varying degrees, from the strictly representational into pure abstraction. The original idea regarding the construction of pieces in the Matrix series “came from several observations. One was an exposed root structure of a tree or plant. The other was a pile of rebar building rubble from a razed building. With these images, making forms from that organic matrix was revealed.” He devised a way “to form an organic, interconnected structure of which almost any shape might be realized.” Some of Young’s creations lend themselves to what might be the genesis of stories in the mind of the viewer. Nothing literal

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