Saturday, December 26, 2009

Carey Young

Inventory as installed in Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Sept 2007 (source)
For the longest time I have been looking for an artist that is taking on the corporation society mentality head on. Carey Young is that such artist. Young does tend on the side of cleaver art, but I think the work does flow into the art realm of conceptual art. The problem with conceptual art is the danger of falling into 'oh how cleaver,' response and an illustration of an idea rather than art that plays in multiple meanings and interpretations. I think Young is able to overcome much of this problem with the seriousness that she takes on the subject. Young is really talking about the culture of corporate thinking. She is tackling the idea from several angles, some more successful than others, but over all, in interesting investigation. After all, corporations and culture that has reformed our way of thinking in the United States is something some artists should tackle in the same way as the Pop artists looked around and notices all this mass produced stuff, which made them want to respond. Young uses videos to feature a correspondences idea and revolutions (in the context to the business world). Young uses vinyl on walls featuring business buzz words and vinyl numbers on a wall representing Young's inventory price of all the elements monetary value in Young's body.

2 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

i am glad to have seem this post . i totaly agree with you about conceptual art . and now i am very curious about Young's work .
thank you .

Todd Camplin said...

Conceptual artists have a hard job. All art is conceptual to a point, but some is more than others. The balance is how far can one take conceptual art before it is just a message and not art. And how far away from concept can art get before it becomes just trash.