A couple of weeks ago, we ran a piece titled All of Our Guns, Part 1, which due to the current political conversation ruminated, through images, on the depiction of guns and gun references in art. There were 36 images in that essay that were surprisingly easy to remember and find, from mostly national and international artists and mostly from recent years. I included eight Texas-based artists off the top of my head but realized I’d probably follow up with a more Texas-centric version of the same.
This kind of image mining takes one down a rabbit hole in the sense that it can almost feel easier (or more limited) to name contemporary artists who haven’t used gun imagery in their work than it is to name all the ones who have. This isn’t true, of course—not even in Texas—but it shouldn’t surprise readers to know that Texas-based artists might well confront and pull from this aspect of our culture. I suspect this will continue. “Open carry” started five days ago.
I won’t repeat the eight Texas artists I included in the first piece, and as before, I’ll only show one gun-related piece by each artist, though you should know that a number of artists here and in the first essay work with or have in the past worked with gun imagery more than once, and in some cases, extensively.
I asked readers to send in names if they wanted to, so this is also a crowd-sourced post, and it’s certainly not comprehensive. As with the last post (and its attendant comments), it was clear that one could keep going and going with this subject (especially if pushing back outside the state border). But I won’t.
Thanks to all.
These are in no particular order, and in this case, I like that.
also by Christina Rees
- Goodbye to 2016, or, Tripping Over Nostalgia - December 18th, 2016
- Last Week: Los Angeles vs. New York - December 4th, 2016
- (The New World Order and) Heyd Fontenot at Conduit Gallery, Dallas - November 13th, 2016
- Glasstire and Negative Criticism in Texas - October 26th, 2016
- Expanded Drive By: Matthew Bourbon at Kirk Hopper Fine Art - September 28th, 2016