I am Crime: Art on the Edge of the Law

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From Steffani:

SOMarts presents:

I Am Crime:
Art on the Edge of the Law

March 9 – April 19, 2012
934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
San Francisco, California
Free Admission During Gallery Hours
Tuesday–Friday, 12–7pm
Saturday, 12–5pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8, 6–9pm, fee admission
I Fought The Law: A Conversation with Artists & Attorneys: Wednesday, March 21, 7–9pm
free admission
Undocumented and Unafraid: An Evening of Film & Conversation: Friday, April 13, 6–9pm
$5 suggested donation
Closing Reception: Thursday, April 19th 6–9PM, free admission

I Am Crime: Art on the Edge of Law is an exhibition of more than 20 artists and collectives who 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, preserves equity by inviting 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 Ià±iguez 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, Miguel Arzabe, Ray Beldner, Oscar Brett, Lisa K. Blatt, Mike Bonanno, Danny Buskirk, Susie Cagle, Critical Art Ensemble, Dreamers Adrift, John Craig Freeman, Molly Hankwitz, Jesus Ià±iguez, Lily & Honglei, Stewart Long, Mark McCloud, Ann Messner, Guy Overfelt, Mark Pauline/Survival Research Labs, PLOTS, Favianna Rodriguez, Julio Salgado, Zefrey Throwell, Hans Winkler, The Yes Men, Michael Zheng

photo: Bess Adler, courtesy of The Yes Men