On Friday I made my way out to KVG Gallery, a spot run by the magnificent Anna Kunz who will be going off to New York very soon for a year-long residency. The exhibition, titled Indestructible Youth, was co-curated by brilliant artist and painter, and now curator, Erol Scott Harris II. The essay that went with the exhibition was written by writer, art historian and educator Debra Riley Parr and offered me a moment in the middle of the opening activity to reflect on my own relationship with the concept of indestructible youth. After quoting lyrics from Neil Young, Parr states:
“Forever young is not attractive. Everyone needs to pack up and leave Sugar Mountain sooner or later. And yet, the yearning to live in that space lingers. Indeed, the appeal of youth and youth cultures holds strong in a young culture like that of the US where being young is cool, powerful, sexy and dangerous. The Italian Futurists of the early 20th century thought similarly about the attractions of being young, and they clearly articulated–and sometimes shouted–that art was properly the province of youth…”
Parr’s essay left me thinking much more conceptually and completely about the exhibition, providing words that enriched my second go-round in the show itself and the works that it brought together.