40,000 Bullets by Robert Longo

Amerika

April 25 – May 25, 2019

Review by: David Behringer (The Two Percent)

Death Star 2018 , 2018. Approximately 40,000 inert bullets (brass, copper, lead) welded to the frame; steel Ibeams; steel chain. Overall 254 1/2 x 254 1/2 x 144 inches (646.4 x 646.4 x 365.8 cm), Sphere diameter 77 inches (195.6 cm). In order to support efforts to reduce gun violence, 20% of the proceeds from the sale of  Death Star 2018  will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Death Star 2018, 2018.
Approximately 40,000 inert bullets (brass, copper, lead) welded to the frame; steel Ibeams; steel chain.
Overall 254 1/2 x 254 1/2 x 144 inches (646.4 x 646.4 x 365.8 cm), Sphere diameter 77 inches (195.6 cm).
In order to support efforts to reduce gun violence,
20% of the proceeds from the sale of Death Star 2018 will be donated to Everytown for Gun Safety.

What it is:
A massive sphere is made from 40,000 bullets, representing mass shooting deaths in the USA.

Robert Longo 40000 Bullets 2.jpg

Why it Matters:
Great political art is like great stand up comedy....
The goal is often to say something really horrifying - whether it's commentaries on racism, depression, violence, terrorism, or just embarrassment - but to do it in a way that keeps people in their seats to HEAR the message.
This work (both the bullet sphere in the front of the gallery AND the epic charcoal drawing in the back of the gallery) are incredibly dark and heavy, and yet.... I can't stop looking at them because their SO visually compelling.  Super smart.

Robert Longol now on at the Metro Pictures: 519 W 24th St ends 5/25 -->Exhibition Link

 

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