#UNLOAD: GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS

The Fairfield University Art Museum

1 June - 13 October 2018

Girl with Gun

MARCUS KENNEY

Girl with Gun, 2015

sublimated print on aluminum

61.25h x 43.25w in
155.58h x 109.86w cm

1AP of 3, with 1AP

 

A Southern American Story

ANDREI CODRESCU

A Southern American Story, 2014

vinyl lettering

 

SMAC II

Club S+S

SMAC II, 2015

custom formed glass, decommissioned gun parts, gel

10h x 10w x 10d in
25.40h x 25.40w x 25.40d cm

 

Smelting: A Gun Legacy

BRADLEY MCCALLUM

Smelting: A Gun Legacy, 1996-2014

smelted decommissioned guns

23h x 23w in
58.42h x 58.42w cm

 

Arthur

MEL CHIN

Arthur, 2014

concrete, two Colt .38 caliber revolvers

67h x 12w x 12d in
170.18h x 30.48w x 30.48d cm

 

Take a Bullet for This City

R. Luke DuBois

Take a Bullet for This City, 2014

Walther PPK 9mm, steel plate, mechanism, minicomputer

24h x 24w x 24d in
60.96h x 60.96w x 60.96d cm

 

Residual

SIDONIE VILLERE

Residual, 2014

plywood, acrylic, gun cylinders, muslin and plaster

46h x 38w x 3d in
116.84h x 96.52w x 7.62d cm

 

Target: Audience

GENERIC ART SOLUTIONS

Target: Audience, 2014

vintage gumball machine, 2,000 rounds of .22 hollow point bullets

14h x 8w x 8d in
35.56h x 20.32w x 20.32d cm

 

Why! (Is it Easier to Get a Gun than an Education, A Gun Instead of Help?)

RON BECHET

Why! (Is it Easier to Get a Gun than an Education, A Gun Instead of Help?), 2014

map, gun parts, paint on wood panel

28h x 38w x 5d in
71.12h x 96.52w x 12.70d cm

 

Smelting: A Gun Legacy

BRADLEY MCCALLUM

Smelting: A Gun Legacy, 1996-2014

smelted decommissioned guns

23h x 23w in
58.42h x 58.42w cm

 

One Hot Month

GENERIC ART SOLUTIONS

One Hot Month, 2002-2014

silkscreen on photogram

49h x 84w in
124.46h x 213.36w cm

 

Kurt Cobong

SKYLAR FEIN

Kurt Cobong, 2014

Mossberg 500 shotgun, bong, tape

7h x 41w in
17.78h x 104.14w cm

 

Onegin

NICHOLAS VARNEY

Onegin, 2014

decommissioned gun, and bullet comprised of 18K yellow gold, D/E/F IF/VVS colorless diamonds weighing 1.64 carats

 

SMAC

Club S+S

SMAC, 2014

custom formed glass, decommissioned gun parts, gel

8h x 13w x 8d in
20.32h x 33.02w x 20.32d cm

 

Swords to Ploughshares

RON BECHET

Swords to Ploughshares, 2014

palm fronds, gun parts, paint on wood panel

37h x 42w x 6d in
93.98h x 106.68w x 15.24d cm

 

Epitaph

PAUL VILLINSKI

Epitaph, 2014

shotgun, aluminum (found can), soot, steel

37h x 5w x 5d in
93.98h x 12.70w x 12.70d cm

 

Double Barreled Shotgun House

Robert C. Tannen

Double Barreled Shotgun House, 2014

decommissioned shotgun barrel and sheetmetal

3h x 39w x 4d in
7.62h x 99.06w x 10.16d cm

 

Mourn

PAUL VILLINSKI

Mourn, 2014

handgun, aluminum (found can), soot, steel

11h x 6w x 4d in
27.94h x 15.24w x 10.16d cm

 

Disappear

KATRINA ANDRY

Disappear, 2014

woodcut monoprint

22h x 62w in
55.88h x 157.48w cm

 

Sleeping on Reason

WILLIAM VILLALONGO

Sleeping on Reason, 2014

gun, ceramic head, velvet flock, velvet pillow in PlexiGlass box

12h x 12w x 8d in
30.48h x 30.48w x 20.32d cm

 

Disintegrating Relic

MARGARET EVANGELINE

Disintegrating Relic, 2014

oil on linen

36h x 34w in
91.44h x 86.36w cm

 

Four Barreled Handgun

Robert C. Tannen

Four Barreled Handgun, 2014

decomissioned handguns

8h x 6w x 3d in
20.32h x 15.24w x 7.62d cm

 

Specie-Men Gun Parts in a Bottle

Robert C. Tannen

Specie-Men Gun Parts in a Bottle, 2014

decomissioned handguns in glass bottle

10h x 5w x 5d in
25.40h x 12.70w x 12.70d cm

 

Recoil

PETER SARKISIAN

Recoil, 2014

table, gun, book, ceramic plate, photographic paper, video projection, audio

28h x 31w x 20d in
71.12h x 78.74w x 50.80d cm

 

Excalibur No More

Jonathan Ferrara

Excalibur No More, 2014

Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, Colorado River rock

44h x 30w x 19d in
111.76h x 76.20w x 48.26d cm

 

The Last Six, Under Six, Murdered by a Gun in the Sixth

ADAM MYSOCK

The Last Six, Under Six, Murdered by a Gun in the Sixth, 2014

acrylic on copper, mounted in wall

14h x 39w in
35.56h x 99.06w cm

 

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun (Last Judgment)

ADAM MYSOCK

Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun (Last Judgment), 2014

acrylic on panel, mounted on a J.P. Sauer Sohn shotgun

12h x 47w x 21d in
30.48h x 119.38w x 53.34d cm

 

Bang

MK Guth

Bang, 2014

steel

5h x 7w in
12.70h x 17.78w cm

 

Forms of Correspondence, I. (Yes, No, Goodbye)

Deborah Luster

Forms of Correspondence, I. (Yes, No, Goodbye), 2014

Winchester 1200 shotgun, cypress, ink, acrylic, crystal

30h x 33w x 26d in
76.20h x 83.82w x 66.04d cm

 

Needle Gun

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Needle Gun, 2014

permanent ink on paper

35h x 18w in
88.90h x 45.72w cm

 

Street Sign

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Street Sign, 2014

acrylic, toy gun, wire, wood

100h x 17w in
254h x 43.18w cm

 

Taperuler Gun

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Taperuler Gun, 2014

taperuler and decommissioned handgun

3h x 12w in
7.62h x 30.48w cm

 

Carousel

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Carousel, 2014

guns, tape, plastic, metal, wire, wood

40h x 45w x 40d in
101.60h x 114.30w x 101.60d cm

 

Growing up in a Gun Culture, My Son

Neil Alexander

Growing up in a Gun Culture, My Son, 1996-2014

sublimated prints on aluminum

1 of 3

 

Of Guns and Drums

Ted Riederer

Of Guns and Drums, 2014

marching band bass drum, stand, digitally printed drum heads, and drum mallets made from reclaimed shotgun barrels

33h x 31w x 18d in
83.82h x 78.74w x 45.72d cm

 

Carry On, Drugs, Gun & Teddy Bear

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Carry On, Drugs, Gun & Teddy Bear, 2014

mixed media with suitcase

39h x 22w x 15d in
99.06h x 55.88w x 38.10d cm

 

Shot

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Shot, 2014

cotton, nails, duct tape, and shelf with 6 guns

37h x 48w x 11d in
93.98h x 121.92w x 27.94d cm

 

Marigny Warning

John Barnes

Marigny Warning, 2014

decommissioned shotgun barrels and mixed wood

22h x 62w x 5d in
55.88h x 157.48w x 12.70d cm

 

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Taperuler Gun, 2014

taperuler and decommissioned handgun

3h x 12w in
7.62h x 30.48w cm

7201

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Carousel, 2014

guns, tape, plastic, metal, wire, wood

40h x 45w x 40d in
101.60h x 114.30w x 101.60d cm

7200

Neil Alexander

Growing up in a Gun Culture, My Son, 1996-2014

sublimated prints on aluminum

1 of 3

7199.1

Ted Riederer

Of Guns and Drums, 2014

marching band bass drum, stand, digitally printed drum heads, and drum mallets made from reclaimed shotgun barrels

33h x 31w x 18d in
83.82h x 78.74w x 45.72d cm

7085

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Carry On, Drugs, Gun & Teddy Bear, 2014

mixed media with suitcase

39h x 22w x 15d in
99.06h x 55.88w x 38.10d cm

7083

Luis Cruz Azaceta

Shot, 2014

cotton, nails, duct tape, and shelf with 6 guns

37h x 48w x 11d in
93.98h x 121.92w x 27.94d cm

7082

John Barnes

Marigny Warning, 2014

decommissioned shotgun barrels and mixed wood

22h x 62w x 5d in
55.88h x 157.48w x 12.70d cm

7081

Calvary

PAUL VILLINSKI

Calvary, 2018

bullet casings

15h x 9w x 1.13d in

Seed

PAUL VILLINSKI

Seed, 2018

aluminum (found cans), wire, wood, bullet casings

installation variable

PAUL VILLINSKI

Calvary, 2018

bullet casings

15h x 9w x 1.13d in
38.10h x 22.86w x 2.86d cm

PAVI014

PAUL VILLINSKI

Celtic, 2018

decommissioned guns

23.75h x 15w x 1.88d in
60.33h x 38.10w x 4.76d cm

PAVI015

PAUL VILLINSKI

Seed, 2018

aluminum (found cans), wire, wood, bullet casings

installation variable

PAVI016

Press Release

#UNLOAD: Guns in the Hands of Artists

Walsh Gallery

June 1 - October 13, 2018

 

The Fairfield University Art Museum, in partnership with # UNLOAD and the Guns In The Hands of Artists Foundation, is proud to announce the opening of the exhibition, # UNLOAD : Guns in the Hands of Artists. Each piece in the exhibition was created using decommissioned guns, taken off the streets of New Orleans via a gun buyback program and distributed to internationally-known artists. Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used the decommissioned firearms to create works of art that address the complex issue of guns and gun violence. The exhibition originated in mid-1990s New Orleans, where a spiking murder rate led artist Brian Borrello to conceive of the first iteration of Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition by bringing the discussion over the role of guns and gun violence in our society into the realm of art -- art as the language for dialogue and possibly change without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue. Borrello and gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara mounted this exhibition at Positive Space The Gallery in September 1996 in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans. In 2014, Ferrara reorganized the exhibition to feature work by internationally recognized artists. Through their own medium, each artist has used the decommissioned firearms to create works that express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture.

 

This exhibition is a part of # UNLOAD, an arts-based initiative in Connecticut that seeks to drive consensus around the divisive issue of gun violence. Visit theunloadusa.org website for more information about the many events taking place across the state in 2018 that will engage our communities in vibrant dialogue about this important issue. # UNLOAD and the Fairfield University Art Museum believe in the power of the arts to ignite change in society.

 

In collaboration with the Guns in the Hands of Artists Foundation, # UNLOAD , and the Quick Center for the Arts, the museum hopes to engage partners and collaborators in taking a hard look at the serious public health consequences of gun violence in America. Please check back here often as additional programming is in the works. We hope that the exhibition and the events presented in conjunction with it will offer unique opportunities to engage in the conversation about guns in our society, using art as the catalyst for dialogue.