Functioning Effectively in the Moment


During a recent rough patch I considered the gap between my public performance of self and my internal mental state. I decided to make a bright colored sticker that I could “apply as needed” in order to address this disjuncture. “Functioning Effectively in the Moment” stickers mark the contradiction between public pronouncement and private struggle. They can also be seen as a quiet encouragement to the self, a pill to be applied externally instead of swallowed, as often as needed. – Lisa Young

My new work “Functioning Effectively in the Moment” is on exhibition at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn as part of the exhibition “re/spond/re/peat.”

“re/spond/re/peat brings together artists and artist groups working across disciplines from performance, sound, and print media, all of whom invite dialog through incorporating language in the form of text or speech. Using the idea of the soapbox as a starting point, the artist will ask the viewer to become an active participant by extending an invitation to respond or repeat  to the works on view.” – Audra Wolowiec

About Lisa Young

My hybrid studio practice includes installation, book, video, web, and photography. My projects examine the intersection of the pedestrian, the repetitive, and the imperfect with the transcendent, the beautiful, and the perfect. I am interested in the way that the repetitive action of accumulating and organizing can create its own poetics. I grew up in Illinois, completed the Whitney ISP program in 1996, and teach Interdisciplinary Synthesis at the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. You can see my work at

29. May 2012 by Lisa Young
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