Oh and of course this is to “help” the victims of the Newtown, CT massacre:

The artwork’s finished form is in the hands of the people who this is empowering. Will it be fully erased? How long will it take? The entire process, of both the drawing and the erasing will be filmed in time-lapsed still frames. A video will be created, and if time is remaining in ArtPrize it will be shown next to the piece. The video will be available for viewing on youtube. Look up erase.

Like all useless ideas… a mandatory Kickstarter fundraiser was initiated to raise money.   You can read more about this ArtPrize 2013 entry, titled ERASE at the link if you care.  Interactive installations… so hot right now… interactive installations.  2000 erasers to no doubt symbolize the 2000 deaths from high capacity assault clips which happen every second in the United States.

I like the idea of a 20×8 foot AR-15, but the whole “lets be edgy and get people to erase it” thing is yawn-worthy.  Plus he’s projecting the AR-15 then just penciling in what he sees… a 4 year old could do that.

If I was anywhere near Grand Rapids, MI I’d show up there with one of those giant erases ‘for really big mistakes’ and be like “FUCK YOUR ART PROJECT SON” and hit it with the quickness.

I think the hardest part about being a unknown artist would be convincing yourself that what you’re doing is actually worth getting up in the morning for, and that people actually care.


There are two other gun related entries at ArtPrize 2013… a low effort victims of gun violence shrine, and a cool looking fiberglass 1911.



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Shot by Canadian photographer Peter Andrew:


Cue the deep “purpose” statement:

Guns have a massive amount of power associated with them. They are designed to kill. We decided to photograph portraits of them in a similar way you might photograph a powerful person. Like powerful people, pistols have this ‘perfect’ quality that we wanted to explore. As we started shooting them, we could see flaws in their design. Metal burring around the barrels, scratches in the metal. This imperfection and detail were very interesting to us; connecting us back to these images as ‘portraits’.

We also loved the impossible perspective these portraits provided. Typically, when you see a gun at this range and perspective it’s usually seconds before the pistol is fired. This makes it very hard to examine at point blank range. As the viewer, you want to lean in and see the detail; but at the same time it’s very uneasy to be as close as you are to the barrel of a gun.—Peter Andrew

If you’re interested in buying a print you can head over the the Point Blank Project website and drop him and email.  Price unknown, but you can likely count on them not being cheap.

I can’t tell by that purpose statement if the the artist is anti-gun or not, so I’m on the fence about this one.  Part of me thinks he may be just a regular guy that appreciates guns.

Bonus points for the initial lineup including a Deagle Brand Deagle and a .45 caliber Glock.



Beautiful *single tear rolls down cheek* * tongue licks it at corner of mouth*:

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This series of ammunition cross-sections was photographed inside a WWII bunker in Switzerland in October of 2012.  The entire series consists of 900 specimen.  I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous nature of the subject matter.  The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object.  It’s a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition. 

Well there you have it… the standard artsy purpose statement.  haha “reflection of the human condition”.

Source – Sabine Pearlman Photography

I’m pretty sure most of those are magical experimental rounds that most of us could never get our hands on.  Really neat to see… I wish she sold huge prints.  I want to see all 900 photographs!


Hat tip: Matthew, Calvin, bmlessler, Scott


Optical Illusion art at its finest.  This is incredible:

Artist Michael Murphy of Milledgeville, GA want’s to get the conversation about gun control going.  On display at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) in Chattanooga TN until the end of June.

“Guns are fetishized in the U.S.,” says Murphy, an artist and assistant professor of art and technology at Georgia College. “Many, many Americans love guns. I’m creating a giant gun. Gun enthusiasts should love the piece.”

“I just want people to keep talking about guns [and] why we should have guns,” he says. “Communication is necessary because I don’t see any sort of solution being proposed.”

As a visitor moves off the correct vantage point, “you watch the gun disappear. It turns into particles. It reminds me of the lives taken by gun violence.”

Full story and details over at the Times Free Press.

Like most gun related art, the intended purpose of this is to get people to complain about how “guns kill people” and how we should ban them.  I’m obviously not for that, but I would like this badass installation in the foyer of my ENDO mansion someday.  Sadly the nature of pingpong balls means they will blow around a lot in the breeze I’ll be getting off the ocean.  Michael Murphy and I will have to figure something out… maybe platinum balls painted black just to make people mad?

Michael-Murphy-Ping-Pong-Ball-Assault-RifleLots more pictures on Michael Murphy‘s website.



53″ x 38″ in size… 12500 pieces .  Heh.. why not right?




Source – Kevin Champeny

Cool I guess? *shrug*.  The thing that’s funny about art, is that the possibilities are limitless.  You just know next week someone is going to make a 60 foot .223 Remington cartridge out of chicken bones and snotty kleenx, and I’ll post about that too.



Art surrounding firearms:

Some pictures are neat, some are useless.  That’s pretty much how it goes with art though… not everyone is going to be impressed by everything in an exhibit.  The picture, and the story behind 3:27 “Mike And Rat (1983)” by Mary Ellen Mark I found to be the most interesting.  Well that and “Shoot (1971) by Chris Burden where he was so bat shit crazy he got his friend to shoot him with a .22 LR from 15 ft away; in California none the less.  I was a bit disappointed that a high capacity assault clip wasn’t used, considering it was the 70s, before any of the legislation there.


If you’re interested in George Blakeley’s book “Bang: The Gun As Image” it’s available used for quite cheap over at Amazon.  I see it’s only 48 pages long though, so it might be kind of useless.

Hat tip: Erik