Carey Young "Contracting Universe"

Paula Cooper Gallery "521 W 21 St."

poster for Carey Young "Contracting Universe"

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Young’s idea for the exhibition arose from her ongoing interest in legal language and in law as a conceptual space, as well as a concern with Romanticism, with its iconographic references to the moon and the cosmos. The show aims to use law as a malleable artistic medium, as well as to present law as a separate kind of ‘reality’, one with its own inherent subjectivities and points of fissure.

Space law is a growing field. After starting out as a by-product of the Space Race of the 1960s, during which it was internationally agreed that any space activities were to be for the benefit of humankind in general, outer space law is today gathering pace in the era of communications satellites, remote observation, space tourism and the exponential increase of orbiting debris. Outer space law is of particular interest right now as the more utopian 1960s-era frameworks for space usage are being eroded, and the commercialisation of space is becoming the dominant ideology. Thus space law holds the potential to act as an unusual and pertinent window into mass commercialization and the privatization of the public sphere, and also as a metaphor for colonialism on a wider scale.



from October 30, 2010 to November 27, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-10-29 from 18:00 to 20:00


Carey Young

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