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The work of San Francisco native Aaron Young has been called “minimalism on steroids,” which makes a lot more sense once you look at his unconventional approach to creating art by stripping down various American iconographies. For Young’s most recent installment, the artist sat down with film director Matt Black for an art series called Reflections. In this interview, we learn about how Young takes a brash “do whatever the fuck you want, just be able to defend it” approach to his projects — with particular regard to three of his most recent projects. Young is also showing a number of works as part of James Franco’s REBEL exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.