Works by James Quentin Young
Sun, Feb 3, 12:15 pm, Fireside Room, Opening Reception with the artist
James Quentin Young grew up on the West Side of St. Paul in a neighborhood diverse in ethnicity and religion. A child of the Depression, he learned at an early age the importance of reusing materials. While he began his artistic career as a painter, his signature style of “found art” developed later.
For the last two decades he has focused solely on creating crosses. The show features works on loan from the permanent collection of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. A visual reminder of redemption and transformation, no two crosses are the same, reminding us of the breadth and complexity of this central Christian story.
James Quentin Young, a Macalester University alum, resides in Elk River with his wife, writer Joyce. A prolific artist, Jim’s works can be found in a variety of permanent collections and have been exhibited widely. What is your automatic thought or feeling when you see a cross? What did the cross mean to you as a child? What does it mean to you as an adult? For some of our neighbors and family, including our Jewish brothers and sisters, the cross might be a fear-inducing symbol. Within our Christian tradition there are a variety of meanings. There is not one central or correct meaning, but for Rev. Sarah Campbell, this is what it has come to mean: “The purpose of life is to pour yourself out of love for others.”
We’re so grateful to United Theological Seminary for sharing a part of its permanent collection, and especially to Cindi Beth Johnson, professor in the Practice of Theology and the Arts and spouse of Thor Mickelson.