Report of the Legal Subcommittee is a print featuring a map of the stars, together with a found transcription of a recent United Nations meeting in which various international delegations declare frustration with their 40-year-old, ongoing efforts to devise a legal definition of outer space. This admission seems to hold a rich poetic potential, the human attempts to bureaucratize and control outer space seemingly frustrated by the sublime scale and mystery of its infinite depths.
Carey Young uses video, photographs, texts and performance projects to explore legal and corporate culture and reflect on the implications of the global market and business for the lives of individuals. Drawing on the conceptual tradition of the use of language and the document as artistic media in her works, as in Report of the Legal Subcommittee , Young uses contractual and administrative codes as linguistic readymades. Though impersonal and abstract, they are capable of generating and conveying emotions and moods, as the artist herself says: “I use contracts as an artistic medium to create imaginary structures for possible relationships between people, spaces, objects and periods of time. Contracts can be laden with emotion and action; they imply promises, offers, agreements, obligations, good faith; they necessitate performance and invite consent.” *
Carey Young was born in 1970, in Lusaka, Zambia. She lives and works in London.
*Salvatore Bellavia, 'Permanent Mimesis', exhibition catalogue published by Galeria civica d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin and Electa Mondadori, Turin,