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APPROPRIATION : SYMBOLIC
In Declared Void, Carey Young appropriates a cube of space with the words: "BY ENTERING THE ZONE CREATED BY THIS DRAWING, AND FOR THE PERIOD YOU REMAIN THERE, YOU DECLARE AND AGREE THAT THE US CONSTITUTION WILL NOT APPLY TO YOU."
Tue Greenfort's Project for the New American Century places dilapidated type on an abandoned building on the defunct Governer's Island as part of LMCC's Swing Space program, framing a Right Wing think tank as a failed organization.
Both Greenfort's and Young's projects exist in an abstracted-from-the-everyday art context, and so really function as illustrations. What I find most exciting about these projects is their potential as instigations: imagine a nation-wide effort creating dilapidated New American Century offices, besmirching the think tank's name... Imagine Cary Young's delcared void anywhere other than a gallery. Even in a police station it would instigate something more than the quiet contemplation of a white cube.
I'm reminded of my favorite adage: "only as art can naked people cutting up dead animals and smearing their blood and guts on them be considered boring. And it is!"