Publications: Monographs


Carey Young: Subject to Contract

Monograph, published by JRP | Ringier & Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich, 2013.
Edited by Raphael Gygax and Heike Munder.
Contributors: Martha Buskirk, Raphael Gygax, Carey Young, Tirdad Zolghadr.
ISBN 978-3-03764-335-8. Softcover, 201 x 272 mm. 184 pages. Images 79 colour/ 5 b/w.

This substantial publication was published in conjunction with Carey Young’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland, curated by Raphael Gygax, and offers an overview of her works from 2003 to today.

Since the late 1990s, Carey Young has investigated the growing influence of international corporations on to the individual in works that span a variety of media including video, performance, text, and installation, and which draw on the tradition of Conceptual art. Notably, she studies how language is transformed by corporate culture, or how contractual structures and their linguistic markers progressively pervade and reshape all domains of life. Like a double agent, she immerses herself in the business or legal worlds, donning the appropriate attire and enacting recommended scenarios in order to examine and question the reach of each institution’s power, and its ability to shape our contemporary reality. Buy here.

Carey Young, Incorporated

Monograph, published by Film and Video Umbrella, London, 2002.
Contributors: Alex Farquharson, Jeremy Millar, John Kelsey, Liam Gillick, Steven Bode, Carey Young
ISBN: 9780953863464. Soft cover, full colour, 80 pages. 167 x 260mm

The first publication devoted to the work of Carey Young, an artist whose work provocatively and playfully questions familiar notions of art as a mode of resistance and critique in a world of dissolving boundaries, in which the borders between politics, culture and business seem to have disappeared. Having worked within business for several years, Young presents the role of the artist potentially to be that of an infiltrator within the inner world of the multinational, adopting its language, codes and tools, as well as its tactics of disappearance, in order to offer an insider’s perspective on to the formation and control of mass culture.

Features essays by Alex Farquharson, John Kelsey and Jeremy Millar, a collaborative text by Carey Young and Liam Gillick and an introduction by Steven Bode. Buy here.