Carey Young Palais de Justice Towner Art Gallery 17 February – 19 June 2019

Towner presents the first UK exhibition of Carey Young’s Palais de Justice (2017) which was filmed surreptitiously at the Palais de Justice in Brussels, an enormous and ornate 19th Century courthouse designed to depict law in terms of the sublime. Contradicting the familiar patriarchal culture of law, Young’s camera depicts female judges and lawyers at court. Sitting at trial, directing proceedings or delivering judgments, female judges are seen through a series of circular windows in courtroom doors.
Always shooting without permission, Young subtly builds a counter-narrative: a legal system seemingly centred on, and perhaps controlled by women, as if male presence may be optional or unnecessary in this particular future. Young’s camera becomes implicated, either caught within reflections, or through becoming noticed by some of her subjects. The windows and the camera’s lens are suggested as an interwoven series of oculi, in which we watch justice as performance and are ourselves implicated as witnesses and voyeurs. The piece considers the complex relationships between lenses, surveillance and ideas of framing or being framed, which are at the core of the law-related work Young has been developing for more than a decade.

Born in 1970, Carey Young is British-American and based in London. Her work has been exhibited in prominent national and international exhibitions and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Dallas Museum of Art (2017); Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, curated by Raphael Gygax (2013); Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2010), which toured to Cornerhouse, Manchester and MiMA, Middlesborough; Le Quartier, Quimper, France (2013); The Power Plant, Toronto (2009); and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2009). Young’s work has also been presented at the Front International: Cleveland Triennial (2018), Centre Pompidou Brussels (2018), Tate Liverpool (2017), Tate Britain (2009), Moscow Biennale (2013, 2007), Modern Art Oxford (2007), Performa 05 and the Venice Biennale (2003). Carey Young is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New

Also opening at Towner on the same evening:
The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection
Figure Study II: Joe Hill curates the Towner Collection

Ravilious Gallery and Collection Library

Timings for the evening:

5.00pm – Anne Hardy and Carey Young in Conversation
(Booking recommended, tickets £5 / £4 Towner Members & concessions)
Artists Anne Hardy and Carey Young discuss their exhibitions with members of our curatorial team, followed by a Q&A.
6.00pm – Exhibitions open
7.00pm – Chips & DJ in the bar
8.00pm – John Cage’s Ryoanji performed by LCO
(Free, open to all, no booking required)
A trio of musicians from London Contemporary Orchestra will perform John Cage’s Ryoanji live at Towner. This piece, by one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century, was inspired by the zen rock garden at the Ryoanji Temple in Kyoto, Japan.

Further info here

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