Carey Young «Legal Fictions»


31. August 2013  – 10. November 2013

Featuring artworks by:
Carey Young

Carey Young (b. 1970, lives and works in London) uses a variety of media to explore the relationships between the body, language, rhetoric, and systems of power. Her exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst is her first solo show in Switzerland and the first to focus on her innovative body of work featuring law and legal language. The show will include a number of new commissions that are contextualised by various earlier works.
Young’s law-based works address the monolithic power of the legal system. The artist examines law as a conceptual and abstract space in which power, rights, and authority are played out through varying forms of performance and language. With the drafting assistance of legal advisers, her works often take the form of experimental but functional legal instruments such as contracts, and also employ media such as video, installation, and text. The works in the show call law’s authority into question and create slippages in the law by playfully adopting as well as disrupting its forms and methods and by highlighting its gaps, ambiguities, and subjectivities.

Exhibition view, Carey Young «Legal Fictions», photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

List of works

Carey Young: Just series

Carey Young

Just series
Blind debossed prints
2 parts: each 67 x 85.5 cm

Carey Young: Legal Maxims

Carey Young

Legal Maxims
Neon tubes
2 parts: 1 part 152 x 12.5 cm , 1 part 149 x 14.0 cm

Carey Young: Missing Mass

Carey Young

Missing Mass
5,461 dark matter particles in open-top perspex container, on plinth with silkscreened text Scientific advice by Dr. Malcolm Fairbairn, King's College London
Box: 45.7 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm; plinth: 96.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm

Carey Young: Obsidian Contract

Carey Young

Obsidian Contract
Vinyl text, black mirror
Mirror: 69.9 x 54.6 cm; vinyl text: 24.8 x 19.1 cm

Carey Young: Report of the Legal Subcommittee

Carey Young

Report of the Legal Subcommittee
Giclee print
102.97 x 82.43 cm

Carey Young: Counter Offer

Carey Young

Counter Offer
Archival inkjet print
2 parts: 21 x 29 cm each

Carey Young: Uncertain Contract

Carey Young

Uncertain Contract
single-channel HD video on monitor (color, sound)
14:57 min. (looped)

Carey Young: Body Techniques (after A line in Ireland, Richard Long, 1974)

Carey Young

Carey Young: Body Techniques (after Circles, Ulrich Rückriem, 1971)

Carey Young

Body Techniques (after Circles, Ulrich Rückriem, 1971)
Lightjet print
121.9 x 139.1 cm

Carey Young: Body Techniques (after Lean In, Valie Export, 1976)

Carey Young

Body Techniques (after Lean In, Valie Export, 1976)
Lightjet print
121.9 x 151.8 cm

Carey Young: Body Techniques (after Sculpture II, Kirsten Justesen, 1969)

Carey Young

Carey Young: Terms and Conditions

Carey Young

Terms and Conditions
Single-channel video on monitor (colour, sound)
3:25 min. (looped)

Carey Young: By and Between (after Bernd and Hilla Becher)

Carey Young

By and Between (after Bernd and Hilla Becher)
3 parts: Original and copy of: Bernd und Hilla Becher, Gasbehälter Zeche Concordia, Oberhausen. D. 1969 (1969); vinyl text

Carey Young: Declared Void II

Carey Young

Declared Void II
Vinyl drawing, text
Cube: 378 x 378 x 378 cm ; vinyl text: 177 x 482 cm

Carey Young: Unintentional Silence

Carey Young

Unintentional Silence
Printed cards (unlimited edition)
Each 5.5 x 8.5 cm

Carey Young: We the People (after Pierre Cavellat)

Carey Young

We the People (after Pierre Cavellat)
C-print on aluminium
190 x 124 cm

Carey Young: Product Recall

Carey Young

Product Recall
Single-channel videoprojection (color, sound)
4:27 min. (looped)

Visitor address
Limmatstrasse 270
CH–8005 Zurich

Mailing address
Postfach 1766
CH–8031 Zurich
Tel +41 44 277 20 50
Fax +41 44 277 62 86

Opening hours
Tue/Wed/Fri 11 am–6 pm
Thu 11 am–8 pm
Sat/Sun 10 am–5 pm
Public Holidays

Adults: CHF 12
Reduced: CHF 8
Thu 5-8 pm: Free admission