Beauty: A Picture To Look At, A Song To Listen To
May 4 - June 1 2013

Young Art is pleased to present Beauty: A Picture To Look At, A Song To Listen To, the second solo exhibition of new work by Harsh Patel. The opening reception will be held Saturday, May 4th from 7 to 10pm and the show will remain on view through June 1, 2013.

The exhibition consists of a selection of multiples from Patel’s most recent publishing label 3DX accompanied by several unique works including a drawing, a flag and a framed selection of records.

The distinct graphical identity of Patel’s ephemera is formed primarily by his decade-long practice as a graphic designer of lone agency. Social iconography of personal importance – adoringly collected photos of the band Suede, calligraphic type specimen sheets curated by Jan Tschichold, and degraded printings of early music notation – is forcefully re-contextualized by politically charged and highly stylized motifs such as the Black fist, Union Jack, and trident. By example of a working-class mode of growing appreciation through carefully configuring imagery and ideas that are inherited first and found second, he offers means of crafting history to the viewer partially as an urge to self-empower.

While his previous exhibitions have emphasized the collaborative extensions of his practice, Beauty… focuses on works made solely by Patel which reflect a confirmation of personal identity alongside an expertly-informed skepticism of administered curriculum, designated value and cultural policy.

Harsh Patel (b. 1981, Nairobi) lives and works in Los Angeles.

Installation view

Installation view

Selections from 3DX (2013): Bumper, 2012; Wobble/Hell, 2012; Oval, 2012; Bazooka, 2012; Virgo, 2012; Be Here Now, 2013; Do Not Listen To Our Music | Do Not Like Our Music | Our Music Is Not For You | Dont Write About It | Don't Talk About It | Its For Us, Not You 2012; Shimmer, 2012; Scale, 2012

Untitled, 2013
graphite on paper (framed)
41.75 x 27.75 inches

Laugh, 2013
maple, matte board, records, glass
38.75 x 30.75 inches

Laugh, 2013 (detail)

Laugh, 2013 (detail)

Exploder, 2013
embroidery on cotton
36 x 54 inches

Exploder, 2013 (detail)