A City Without Guns
Found sticks in the shape of guns
Dimensions variable
2015

Exhibited in UNLOADED, curated by Susanne Slavick
SPACE Gallery
Pittsburgh, PA
February 3 - April 26, 2015
With: Mel Chin, Vanessa German, Stephanie Sycuco, Renee Stout, Adrian PiperLauren F Adams, Nina BermanJoshua BienkoCasey Li BranderAnthony CervinoCathy Colman, Dadpranks, Jinshan, James DuesingJessica FenlonAndrew Ellis Johnson, Don Porcella, Susanne Slavick


The exhibition is touring the US:
Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb IL
August 25 – October 24, 2015

Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College
January 25 - March 6, 2016

Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids MI
March - May 2016

iMOCA, Indianapolis
October – December 31, 2016

Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne CA
September - October 2017

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About the work:  A City Without Guns comes from a combination of my extremely high-anxiety around the public health crisis of guns in America, daily dog walks, a sense of magical realism, and the curatorial eyes of Susanne Slavick.  In 2013-2014 I started picking up every stick that looked like a gun on my dog walks as a way to play-pretend with myself, to calm myself down around the insurmountable crisis of guns in America.  I pretended that each time I picked one up I was somehow eradicating a real one from the hands of someone who was going to do harm. I soon had a sizable collection and hung them on the wall as a sketch and posted it to Facebook, where Susanne saw it with her eagle eyes.  She approached me about including it in Unloaded, which was a great chance to formalize the work and have it be seen by a wider audience.  For me the work is about imagining a city without guns, where someday somehow, the real guns that Americans so desperately hoard and use turn into sticks, petrified reminders and now basically harmless - returning us to children who played with sticks-as-guns but did not kill each other with bullets.