San Francisco

Jill Miller

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Jill Miller’s “Collectors” generated waves of anxiety among Bay Area art patrons recently. The exhibition consisted of surveillance videos, photographs, and related sculptural objects gleaned from a six-month period during which the artist and a team of assistants trailed local patrons without their knowledge. In a National Enquirer–style tabloid that accompanied the show, Miller reveals that she trained with a licensed private investigator to learn the fine art of the stakeout. For the purposes of the exhibition, her use of the skill yielded bulletin boards of blurry photographs, articles (with names redacted), Post-it notes, and lengths of string linking images and handwritten observations. Repeating, though unnamed, figures are seen unloading shopping bags, dining in restaurants, and mingling in art-opening crowds.

At 2nd Floor Projects, three hanging video monitors played mundane footage

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