Carey Young

The Power Plant

Carey Young’s Everything You’ve Heard is Wrong, 1999, documents the artist at the Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, a place practically synonymous with free speech. Standing on a small stepladder in the middle of a crowd peppered with other orators, including a gesticulating Muslim cleric in white, she distinguishes herself by wearing smart executive attire and attracts passersby with a lecture on how to speak in public. This video—the oldest of the twenty-one works on view in “Counter Offer,” Young’s recent solo show at the Power Plant and her first major survey—encapsulates the aesthetic strategy for which she is best known: the appropriation and détournement of corporate ideology as critique of the financial, political, and cultural relationships of global late capitalism.

A number of works in this exhibition explore branding and manipulation, such as the video Product Recall,

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