Modern Art Oxford is hosting until October 18 Freedom, the first solo exhibition in a public gallery by American artist Josh Kline. The title of the show is the same of his renown installation, first exhibited at the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York to widespread critical acclaim. Freedom is an immersive environment which incorporates sculpture, video and architectural elements that address the era that began with the 2008 financial crisis and the fate of the viral political movements that have arisen in its wake. The work explores the digitalization of identity, the voluntary and involuntary dissolution of privacy, and the political consequences of this way of living. Modeled after the corporate architecture of Zuccotti Park, the privately owned public space in New York City’s Financial District where Occupy Wall Street encamped in September 2011, the installation incorporates LED lighting, cell-phone antennae disguised as trees and life-sized “Police Teletubby” sculptures. The project is anchored by a video entitled Hope and Change (2015) in which President Obama is recreated through facial substitution software, delivering a reimagined version of his Inaugural Address in January 2009.
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Ciara Moloney’s “Josh Kline” essay
Freedom by Josh Kline
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
Through October 18