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Let Trevor Young be your tour guide for America’s blandest road trip—which, for him, is far from an insult. Young’s “Non-Places” guides viewers through glimpses of harried business travel and the weary end of vacations, filled with rest stops, empty airport terminals, fast food, on-ramps and beige hotel rooms. Destinations are of no interest to him; it’s the ordinary stops between that he has re-created in 100 painterly compositions both large and small. Some of the non-places are painted from photographs in Young’s or his friends’ travels, but others are imagined. Perhaps the bleakest of all is an image of a chair in a plain room, under fluorescent lighting, facing a window with a view of a highway overpass. Indeed, every piece seems bathed in the dingy glow of fluorescent lighting, like a rest-stop bathroom. Young is interested especially in the intersection of non-places with the great outdoors. “We experience nature from a hotel room,” he says, noting that it takes the earth hundreds of thousands of years to form a valley, across which humans can build a bridge in a mere fraction of that time. The nature in Young’s paintings, though, is as flat and unpronounced as the nondescript hotel rooms and parking lots that appear with it. It is at these locations, one supposes, that the platitude “Life’s a journey, not a destination” may be overheard. But for Young, it’s just a stop along the way.
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