Young Projects opened in October 2009 with two, 4,000 sq. ft. gallery spaces devoted exclusively to video and film. It was founded with one goal in mind: to bring a new awareness the the moving image as a concrete art form, much like painting or sculpture. Each gallery offers a different aesthetic approach to the material; one offers a gallery/black box setting designed by Joe Day of Deegen Day Design llc., which presents the work in a more contemporary or modernist setting, and the other offers a more home-like environment, which shows how this material can effectively accent a living or work space.
The gallery presents 6 - 10 shows per year and each show runs for approximately two months (three months during the summer). Each presents a monographic or group exhibition, both current and historical, and most are curated by the gallery. But future exhibitions will also be hosted by foundations, organizations and groups worldwide.
The gallery was founded by Paul Young, a journalist and curator based in Los Angeles. He has a Masters in cinema, and has made numerous award-winning films and documentaries. As a journalist, his articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Elle, Variety, Angeleno, Dwell, Surface, Artnews, Art & Auction and many more. His weekly column, “Untitled,” which covered contemporary art issues, ran in the Los Angeles Times for two years, and his “City Art” column ran in Angeleno for nearly five. He is also the author of Art Cinema (Taschen), which explores the ways in which art practices converge with moving imagery, and he curates video programs and exhibitions worldwide. Recent exhibitions include VideoRoam at Honor Fraser Gallery (A series on one person shows with Guy Ben-Ner, Fabien Giraud, Tobias Yves Zintel, Driessens & Verstappen and more); Cineloop at ARCO, Madrid (2010); Portugal Arte ‘10 (Lisbon's first biennial) and an upcoming show at the Parpallo Museum, Valencia Spain.