“Exit Wounds”: Artists Responds to Violence of Newtown

(Copyright Protected, Michele Colburn, 2012)

(Copyright Protected, Michele Colburn, 2012)

When artists gets angry, their disgust is smeared and screamed into the face of the morally blind and deaf.

The senseless violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut evoked countless screams across the country, even the world. Capturing this public anger and the tipping point now in society supporting gun control, The Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. is presenting “The Newtown Project: A Call to Arms” with more than 30 artists’ responding to the senseless massacre of 20 children and six educators.

Michele Colburn, one artist whose work is on exhibit, is known and recognized for being among the first – if not the first – to use a semi-automatic weapon literally on her art to challenge the acceptance in society of gun violence and war. Colburn’s piece in this exhibit is Exit Wounds, 2012, Acrylic on Arches Paper with Bullet Holes. (Please note: image used with permission by artist. Copyright Michele Colburn, 2012.)

Answering the question why, Colburn responds in her statement,

In this abstract work, I shot the paper with a semi-automatic handgun under the supervision of an expert. The work is painted on the backside of the paper where the bullets exited. The single, entry “wounds” are neat, tidy and discreet, but the same holes from the back splay and spread. The addition of the pastel-colored pink design is taken from actual baby clothing that is manufactured in the U.S. The pastel colors become symbolic for me of those young children lost in the Newtown massacre. How many more innocents before we firmly address the inherent, interconnected issues related to violence that exist in our society or are they all just collateral damage as the discourse and arguments drag on?”

All works of art are for sale. The Charles Krause Gallery is foregoing their commission, so that each artist may donate 75% of the sale to non-profits working in the area of gun control.

Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art Gallery, 1300 13th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Opening: Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be open until President’s Day, February 18, 2013. Contact the gallery in advance to see exhibit.

By Keri Douglas, writer and photographer, Washington, D.C.


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