Johannes DeYoung

Assistant Professor of Art




Johannes DeYoung is a multidisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of computational and material processes. DeYoung’s practice explores Dadaist strategies of wordplay and collage through poetic narrative frameworks, sequential juxtapositions, and chance operations. Poetics and anxieties born of human desire are abiding leitmotifs in DeYoung’s work, particularly those concerning relationships between the individual, the natural world, and contemporary civic life. DeYoung’s moving-image works reference art historical and vernacular literary themes, deconstructed and expressively reassembled to expose the unconscious impulses that fuel human wants. His subjects expose hidden structures in language and visual representation that yield surreal and surprising evocations.

DeYoung’s exhibitions include works shown at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image, Frankfurt, Germany; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante, Alicante, Spain; Festival ECRÃ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Crush Curatorial, Robert Miller Gallery, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Essex Flowers, Eyebeam, and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY; New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA; the Images Festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; Pallas Projects, Dublin, Ireland; and Hell Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Huffington Post, and Dossier Journal.

DeYoung is co-founder of the periodic web journal Lookie-Lookie. He has served on the New Foundations Board of Study for time-based media at Purchase College, State University of New York; the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Contemporary Art Council; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, as Digital Literacy Consultant. DeYoung is appointed Assistant Professor of Electronic and Time-Based Media at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously taught at Yale University School of Art (2008—2018), where he was appointed Senior Critic and Director of the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, and at the Yale School of Drama, where he was appointed Lecturer in Design. At Yale, he also served as Principal Investigator for the Blended Reality program in immersive media research. He received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006.

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