above image courtesy of The Birmingham News
Walt Creel of Birmingham, Alabama uses a deadly weapon, ironically, to create images of sweet Southern wildlife. Brandishing a rifle, he fires .22 caliber bullets through 4' x 6' white painted aluminum panels to form images of a deer, an owl, a rabbit, a possum, a squirrel and bird in his project, De-Weaponizing The Gun.
detail of Rabbit:
The pointillist-like art is as interesting to admire up close as it is from afar, and is the artist's attempt at taking away the destructive power of the gun.
The finished image of Squirrel [above] and creating the piece [below].
Close -up of deer:
DEWEAPONIZING THE GUN by Walton Creel
In the artist's own words:
The terms gun and weapon are practically interchangeable. From hunting to war, self defense to target practice, the gun has been a symbol of power and destruction. Art and entertainment have both taken the same approach to he gun. Traveling Wild West shows had gunslingers that shot crude silhouettes and names, but this was done to illustrate the shooters prowess. Some artists have used high speed film to capture a bullet slicing through its target, while other artists have melted guns into sculptures.
When I decided I wanted to make art using a gun, I was not sure what direction I would have to take. I knew I did not want to use it simply as an accent to work I was doing, but as the focus. My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose, to deweaponize it.
During my first experiment I came across the concept of creating an image hole by hole on a surface. I also figured out that canvas would be too stressed by the process of a rifle firing many bullets into it.
A test firing of the bullets into canvas:
I moved on to aluminum and, with further experimentation, I figured out exactly how far apart my shots needed to be and that moving beyond .22 caliber was simply too destructive. When the aluminum was painted beforehand, the blast of the gun knocked off a tiny amount of paint around each hole, which helped fuse the image together.
images courtesy of the artist and the Coleman Center For The Arts,
Deweaponizing the Gun is an ongoing series presented in installments.
above: The show included a performance by Cabaret dancer Psykko Tico in a white tulle-covered bustier dress lined with photo-printed legs.
The hair was punk, the look was "ooh la la" and one of the beautiful models walking down the runway was actually male. As Sid Vicious's "My Way" played, Jean Paul Gaultier introduced his Spring/Summer 2011 Haute Couture Collection to Paris last week and the general consensus is a resounding leg kick.
With outfits named after Sex Pistols' and The Clash songs, The Cabaret-Meets-Mohawk collection also included some pieces with the designer's signature horizontal stripes and a sophisticated mixes of textiles coupled with his expert craftsmanship. Lots of tulle, long gloves, cameos and fishnets were 'oh so French' while the colored mohawks and jewelry, which included everything from dog collars with chains to multiple ear piercings, was reminiscent of mid-80's London.
The gowns, in particular, were bold, feminine, flirty and fun. Gaultier simply outdid himself with this collection. See for yourself.
The models, and even the designer himself, sported colorful mo- and faux- hawks:
Below: Gender-bending male model of the moment, Andrej Pejic, walked the runway in a tulle wedding dress for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Farida Khelfa with designer Jean Paul Gaultier:
Images courtesy of Go Runway and Fashion Mag
Cabaret dancer Psykko Tico performs for the audience:
video courtesy of ashadedview