I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law

SOMArts, San Francisco, March 8 to April 19, 2012

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Goddess of Democracy, 4Gentlemen, 2011.

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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:

4Gentlemen Scott Kildall
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
Danny Buskirk PLOTS
Susie Cagle Favianna Rodriguez
Critical Art Ensemble/Steve Kurtz Victoria Scott
Marque Cornblatt Julio Salgado
Dreamers Adrift Eric Stewart
Corbett Griffith Sweetooth
John Craig Freeman Luther Thie
Molly Hankwitz Zefrey Throwell
Jessica Hess Hans Winkler
Jesus Iñiguez The Yes Men
Lily & Honglei Michael Zheng

Press

Nirmala Nataraj, ‘I Am Crime’: Art explores creativity, resistance, San Francisco Chronicle.

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About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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