Jesse Krimes: Apokaluptein 1638906
February 1-28, 2018
Creative Expression as Resistance: Lecture by Jesse Krimes, Monday, February 5, 6 p.m., 4th Floor Programming Room
Reception and Artist's talk: Tuesday, February 6, 5-7 p.m., Gallery
Working 12 hours a day while in prison, Jesse Krimes drew old master works and transferred portraits of offenders taken from newspapers on the drawings. The works became larger and turned into landscapes. Influenced by Dante’s Divine Comedy, Foucault's Discipline and Punish and Agamben’s The Kingdom and the Glory, panels depicting heaven and hell were added, creating Apokaluptein: 16389067. The mural was made on 39 stolen prison bed sheets that were smuggled, one by one, out of prison. The work defied the system, and continues to be a commentary on our society that promotes criminal behavior and punishes people with little thought of reform.
Since his release from prison Krimes’ work continues to investigate the human condition in an attempt to “disentangle complex value systems and hierarchies”. He lives and works in Philadelphia. Krimes is represented by Burning in Water Gallery, New York City. In 2017, he received a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellow, an Independence Foundation Fellow, and was a Right of Return, USA Fellow.