Labour, process and multiples; these are the main components of the work of Jes Young.
Finding inspiration in masses made of individual components, they break them down into units to endlessly produce multiples and reassemble the unit into new structures and forms. Looking to undesirable growth or infestations, such as beehives, deposits, nests, naturally occuring patterns and adaptive structures that have inspired and or ornament architecture. The modular nature of their work allows it to be produced or built onto at any time, anywhere. Frequently working abroad, Jes creates work that is mobile in itself, able to move and adapt to new surroundings.
Jes uses a variety of materials and techniques in their artwork, treating each new series as an opportunity for material research and exploration. Young enjoys the vast potential of materials like cement, wood, paper and found objects, and uses their artwork as a chance to learn and play to their unique properties. In understanding these materials, Young develops forms and structures that highlight these characteristics. Young’s practice is rooted in relational aesthetics - a branch of artistic practice that creates relationships between participants in experiencing artwork - as a way to insert education directly into their artwork, making a fully interactive experience. Young continues teaching and developing accessible and mobile art-based programs.
Jes is an educator and multimedia artist that currently resides in Toronto, Canada, and has spent the last few years travelling throughout Europe and Asia, teaching and living in Germany, Italy and Thailand.
Young received their Masters of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and a minor in History and Bachelor of Education with specialization in International Education at York University. They have exhibited in multiple group and solo shows in and around Toronto including a guest artist position at York University.