This is Not A Gun, 2017
An ongoing project made with urgency. In December of 2016, I was made aware of this list of objects which have all been mistaken as guns by police officers in civilian shootings, since 2001. The objects include: wrench, cordless-drill, water-hoze nozzle, flashlight, shower rod, cane, broomstick, hairbrush, sunglasses, bottle of cologne, underwear, tinfoil, bottle of beer, pill bottle, e-cigarette, cell phone, wallet, iPod, Wii remote, toy truck, sandwich, and bible. I felt I had to see and touch these objects - to give them presence and to call attention to their not-gun-ness. I have been carving the objects from the list as an act of prayer, respect and remembrance. As I have worked on this project I have since been made aware of other objects, previously un-included in the list. They are: skittles, snickers, and a chisel.
Using these objects as catalyst, I am co-leading conversation about institutional racism and gun violence inflicted by police, along with my collaborator, social practice artist, Amanda Eicher. The carvings run in parallel to the public events. I will post the objects as they are completed as well as documentation of our collective events.
The conversations, workshops and exhibition of these collective objects will happen throughout the month of May 2017 at the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco.
Information about these events will be posted on my Upcoming page.
This initial list of not-gun objects is here*.
*I have inquired about the nature of the crimes committed, the victims themselves, and the sources for this list from Harper's Magazine, my source, but am yet to receive a response. I plan to add more objects to this list as they are revealed - but pray that this common error be short-lived.
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Studio woodcarvings one by one.
Tenderloin Museum, May 2017, in affiliation with 100 Days of Action, co lead with Amanda Eicher
#thisisnotagun selections from instagram feed