2nd Floor Projects, San Francisco
November 17, 2007 - January
From January - March 2007 San Francisco-based artist Jill
Miller trained with a licensed private investigator. She worked on real cases,
learning various components of the profession, from video surveillance to location
stake-outs to note-taking methodology. Miller began this project out of her interest
in the ways that the legal system protects (or challenges) an individual's right
to privacy. Driven by this curiosity, she learned how to conduct surveillance
within the legal limits of the law. Once familiar with the field, Miller executed
her own plans for surveillance under the advisement of the private investigator.
Only this time, instead of working on randomly assigned cases, Miller turned an
eye onto the art world itself, spending 6 months undercover doing surveillance
on some of the San Francisco art world's most elusive community: art collectors.
Miller estimates she did surveillance on 10 houses, focusing specifically on 5
The exhibition, Collectors, is an installation of video, photography, text and sculptural elements made during Miller's 6 months of undercover surveillance.
For a complete project description, visit the Collectors website