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All of Our Guns, Part 2: An All-Texas Edition

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.

Michael Bhichitkul, William Tell, 2015

Michael Bhichitkul, William Tell, 2015

 

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Nathaniel Donnett, Fertile Ground, 2011

Nathaniel Donnett, Fertile Ground, 2011

 

An installation at Pierre Krause's recent show at the Gimp Room, Houston

An installation at Pierre Krause’s recent show at the Gimp Room, Houston

Ryder Richards, mg08_sledge i, 2010

Ryder Richards, mg08_sledge i, 2010

 

Joachim West, 2014

Joachim West, 2014

 

Nick Barbee, M16, 2011

Nick Barbee, M16, 2011 (ed note: the is the shape inside the human body of the trajectory made by a bullet fired from an M16)

 

Vincent Valdez, NUTHIN' TO SEE HERE, KEEP ON MOVIN'! 2009

Vincent Valdez, NUTHIN’ TO SEE HERE, KEEP ON MOVIN’!
2009

 

Mark Flood, Bring a Gun, 2012

Mark Flood, Bring a Gun, 2012

 

Richard Patterson, Repo Man, 1998

Richard Patterson, Repo Man, 2000

 

The Art Guys, If The Flucks Fux, Fuck Flux, 1988

The Art Guys, If The Flucks Fux, Fuck Flux, 1988

 

Tom Lea, The Blockhouse, ca 1945

Tom Lea, The Blockhouse, ca 1945

 

Leighton McWilliams & David Keens, Duel, 2008

Leighton McWilliams & David Keens, Duel, 2008

 

Bob Wade, Pancho Villa and Friends, 2011,

Bob Wade, Pancho Villa and Friends, 2011,

 

James Drake, ca 2012

James Drake, ca 2012

 

Jason Reynaga, You’re So OOP (Out Of Power), 2009

Jason Reynaga, You’re So OOP (Out Of Power), 2009

 

Thor Johnson, Irrational City 1, 2015

Thor Johnson, Irrational City 1, 2015

 

Forrest Prince, Reincarnation

Forrest Prince, Reincarnation

 

Ed Wilson, Child's Play, 1994

Ed Wilson, Child’s Play, 1994

 

Heyd Fontenot prepping for a group show he curated for Dallas' CentralTrak called the Gun & Knife Show, 2011

Heyd Fontenot prepping for a group show he curated for Dallas’ CentralTrak called the Gun & Knife Show, 2011

 

also by Christina Rees
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5 Responses

  1. Christina, it did that thing with the comments again. I’ll retype it. Hope whatever glitch that is goes away. It’s frustrating.

    Businesses (non-profits and galleries) must post signs (1) to indicate restrictions of open carry on their property.
    note: open carry (2) different from concealed carry (3)
    The Statesman has a list going for Austin. (4)
    I’m not sure the process by which Museums and larger institutions decide these things.

    1) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153181329250826&set=a.452357740825.248557.690860825&type=3&theater&notif_t=like
    2) https://www.instagram.com/p/x-FF0hqFjS/?taken-by=odd_dead_eggs
    3) http://www.risefeed.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/bulge.jpg
    4) http://arts.blog.austin360.com/2016/01/05/austin-arts-venues-among-businesses-opting-out-of-open-carry/

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