Obsidian Contract 2010 vinyl text and black mirror
mirror: 27 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (69.9 x 54.6 cm)
text: 9 3/4 x 7 1/2 in. (24.8 x 19.1 cm)
distance from text to wall: 3 in. (7.5 cm)
First exhibited at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Obsidian Contract (2010) features a legal text written backwards and reflected in a black mirror, a device which has a long tradition within witchcraft and the occult in many cultures, and was also used by landscape painters in the Romantic era to imbue a scene with a dramatic tonality.
The text proposes the exhibition space visible in the mirror as a new area of publicly-owned land, in which certain activities considered illegal in public space at different times, such as the grazing of animals or sexual activity, are made permissible.
Obsidian Contract Carey Young, 2010.
Obsidian Contract Carey Young, 2010. photo: Alex Wolkowicz