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Model and photographer Coco Young supplements her practice with theory. The New York-born, Marseilles-raised model first made her name as the doe-eyed muse to John Currin, Richard Kern, and Ryan McGinley. Taking the art into her own hands she is currently working on a series of portraits of friends, lost in the “technology glow” while pursuing a dual degree in Art History and English Literature from Columbia University.


What’s your definition of style?

The perfect balance between old, new, expensive, cheap, and absurd.

What are you allergic to?

Passivity.

What do you read?

Mostly art theory for school. I’m reading Vilem Fusser’s "Towards A Philosophy of Photography" and finishing up Susan Sontag’s "On Photography". And I just read a really interesting but insanely complicated article in Artforum by Benjamin Buchloh titled, “Farewell to an Identity.” It's about the commercial function of art initiated by Warhol and adopted by people such as Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst.

What are you listening to?

Right now, I’m obsessed with the new Solange album, specifically the song “Losing You.”

What’s the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning?

Where’s my phone?

If your life were a book or a movie, what would its title would be?

“New York City Serenade” (stolen title from a Bruce Springsteen song!)

What inspires you?

That changes all the time, but right now, my friends and Roman Polanski.

What else floats your boat?

Having a day off and going on a random city adventure.  

What’s your idea of “me time”?

Face mask, flannel pajamas, and phone on airplane mode.

Name one sign of the apocalypse.

Sandy?

What’s your biggest turn-on?

My teen dream Joe Dallesandro—if he were taller and straight.

What’s the most revolting term in the English language?

No.

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