I don’t know why artists who make guns into art feel like they’re making a political statement about “gun violence.” As far as I can tell they’re celebrating the beauty and power of the firearm form. But what do I know? According to newsandtribune.com . . .
As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, ArtSeed and The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage will host two art exhibitions, and a cultural series directly addressing the multifaceted and interconnected issues of violence in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
The project will feature the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (The Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions of Peace Now) exhibition, an initiative organized by renowned metalsmith, artist Boris Bally. The show features dozens of works made from decommissioned firearms by artists from the United States and six other countries. The exhibitions will serve as an artistic catalyst for not only critical discussion, but ongoing action.
I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW constructs a theoretical portrait of violence — calling on themes of greed, systematic oppression, irony, and beauty. Each artist’s interpretation of the gun as an object is insightfully represented.
Here’s another insight: art guns are fun! Just sayin’ . . .