With the gap widening between rich and poor, Julia Kim Smith collected nearly 30 signs by the homeless and created a shelter-like installation as a statement of anonymous rage. Anonymous Rage may be viewed in different ways. The signs are real expressions of individual need and desperation. The signs are symbols of a society that cannot take care of its own. The signs are art, as valid as any other form, expressing an anonymous rage that cuts to the core and provokes raw emotions that range from compassion, fear, suspicion, and anger. Through their signs, the homeless rebel against anonymity and invoke our vulnerability and mortality as individuals and as a society.
Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD, 2006
20th Annual Critics Residency Program, “Mapping The Alternative,” Curator: Lilly Wei, Independent Curator and Critic, Art in America, ARTnews, Art Asia Pacific