SOMArts, San Francisco, March 8 to April 19, 2012
Goddess of Democracy, 4Gentlemen, 2011.
Tank Man, 4Gentlemen, 2011.
“I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law” is an exhibition of more than 30 artists and collectives that challenge, question or circumvent the law through their work. Curated by Justin Hoover, I Am Crime touches on issues of equity—who gets to break the law, when, and why.
“True Crime,” a collaborative installation conceived by Critical Art Ensemble, invites any visitor to become part of the exhibition– click here for details.
In I Am Crime some artists’ criminal trespasses are virtual or accidental, while others contribute documentation of carefully planned civil disobedience. Still others exhibit the residue of artworks which have actually been intervened upon by the United States legal system.
Dreamers Adrift, a group founded by Jesus Iñiguez and Julio Salgado, approach illegality from a different angle. “Undocumented and Awkward,” a series of skits on video created by and for undocumented youth, highlights social inequalities faced by American immigrants.
Non-anonymous exhibiting artists include:
|E. Clair Acuda Bandersnatch||Stewart Long|
|Miguel Arzabe||Mark McCloud|
|Ray Beldner||Ann Messner|
|Fracis Baker||Julio Cesar Morales|
|Oscar Brett||Jeremy Novy|
|Lisa K. Blatt||Nite Owl|
|Mike Bonanno||Guy Overfelt|
|Susie Cagle||Favianna Rodriguez|
|Critical Art Ensemble/Steve Kurtz||Victoria Scott|
|Marque Cornblatt||Julio Salgado|
|Dreamers Adrift||Eric Stewart|
|John Craig Freeman||Luther Thie|
|Molly Hankwitz||Zefrey Throwell|
|Jessica Hess||Hans Winkler|
|Jesus Iñiguez||The Yes Men|
|Lily & Honglei||Michael Zheng|
Nirmala Nataraj, ‘I Am Crime': Art explores creativity, resistance, San Francisco Chronicle.