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Man-Made America

Painter Trevor Young’s work, which reflects the intersection of architecture and light, is showcased in Georgetown all winter.

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Trevor Young’s work, showing at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, reflects the geometric beauty of commercial edifices.

Citing traditional painting and modern photography as influences, Trevor Young’s art is anything but ordinary. By mixing dramatic light with geometic architecture, the artist creates a rich dialogue on canvas.

“[It’s] the automated nature of life,” Young says. “My paintings represent the late modernist ideas that examine the commerciality of America as something beautiful.” Young’s upcoming solo show at Addison/Ripley Fine Art will display the breadth of his talents and highlight his devotion to man-made edifices. The work also delves into new territory through a wider exploration of the landscape genre.

Paul Mahon, a passionate supporter and collector of Young’s work, says the artist employs the glow of artificial light emanating from architectural forms. He paints “sleek commercial nonplaces that make for geometrically contrasting beautiful spaces,” Mahon says. “[The subjects are] inviting; dramatically built; lit; and shown for their strength, stillness and dignity.” A range of the artist’s works represents daytime scenes, while others are nestled under the cloak of night, where light and dark shades square off in spectacular fashion. “While my paintings may seem to represent peacefulness upon first glance, there’s an underlying excitement that’s created through the hum of energy-driven sources,” Young says. And in the darkness of a DC winter, this energy is greatly appreciated. Jan. 29-March 5, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202.338.5180