Contemporary Art Gallery
Contemporary Art Gallery
All In Due Time
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Livermore, California USA
This is a standard pistol silhouette target used widely in police departments across the United States. I was struck by the irony of the black silhouette in relation to the numerous shootings of black men by police in this country and I had to wonder if there is some subconscious connection made by some policemen between the black silhouette and the black man. Whatever the connection, it is just the tip of the iceberg of killings that describes a wider arc of dysfunction in our society. I saw the target as a black paper corpse lying on a map of America.
I drew a map in pen and ink directly on the paper target, allowing enough of the map to appear on either side as if lying behind the silhouette, and used color pencils on the surrounding land and water to isolate the states. Red dots of paint on each state say “you are here” and ask “are you here?” Brass tacks and red thread were added to enhance the illusion of the map being behind the silhouette so as not to interfere with its dominance. Further, splitting the map in half embodies the divide in the emotional opinions of gun rights versus gun control. Unfairness and injustice are the entwined thread that runs through all the violence in this country. The poor behave badly and break the law because they don’t know how to get what they want, often with catastrophic consequences. The rich behave badly and break the law because they do know how to get what they want, with little or no consequence at all.
The process begins with an image that comes to me as if it were hanging before me on the wall. I see the picture, the frame, and the title. If I don’t have the items in the image, I make them instead of looking for alternates. This thereby avoids changing the image, letting me fully reveal the idea. These images can be any subject in any media. It is as if everything that I’ve seen or read, everyone I’ve met, and everywhere I’ve traveled were turned into decks of cards, shuffled, then dealt out to me, to form a new but familiar image, a disjointed dejà vu, but completely relevant to my contemporary thoughts, questions, or concerns, like an encrypted memoir. The trick is then to conjure it up into this world.
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