Gun and Knife Show
to 5 PM
800 Exposition Ave. , Dallas, TX
Start date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
End Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
There are countless examples in pop culture, where power and virility is equated/represented with/by firearms. From action movies to rap lyrics to political campaigning, the gun is an essential and reoccurring prop. Perhaps accounting for the prevalence and frequency of such imagery, they almost certainly have a relationship to the erotic, and thereby introducing an appropriate and complex dichotomy of attraction and repulsion.
Both the gun and the knife were developed by members of our own species, with the specific intention of using them to destroy the very biological material and tissues of which we are composed. These inanimate tools of destruction and persuasion can challenge our mortality and well-being or bring us some sense of comfort and control, which is wholly dependent on which end of what is pointing your way. The simple presence of armament will universally illicit visceral reaction.
Those living in Texas or most rural communities within the U.S. will be familiar with tradeshows that provide weaponry as well as a variety of violence-based ephemera. The population that attend such gatherings are generally in a very different demographic than those that attend cultural events. Each group lives in a respective "bubble", not aware or informed of the others' activities. Guns, knives and their kin seem like barbaric tools somewhat out-of-step with our contemporary high-tech existence, yet they still exist and play an astoundingly assertive and potent role in our material and socio-economic culture.
Gun & Knife Show is co-curated by Heyd Fontenot and Julie Webb. Participating artists include Leon Alesi, Sterling Allen, Nick Barbee, Tony Barsotti, Chicks Bill, Camp Bosworth, William S. Burroughs, Louie Cordero, Chris Crites, Jack Daws, Leah DeVun, Margaret Evangeline, Al Farrow, Faith Gay, William Gaynor, Charles Hancock, Bootsy Holler, Donna Huanca, Bruce LaBruce, Jeffrey Lee, Lance Letscher, Dotty Love, Marne Lucas, Margaret Meehan, Katrina Moorhead, Tim Roda, Royal Robertson, Alexandre Rosa, Tom Sale, Joshua Saunders, Brian Scott, Roger Shimomura, Taro-kun, Karlo "Kaloy" Olavides, Dan Phillips, Robert The, Terri Thomas, Bruce Lee Webb, Barnaby Whitfield.
Sorry, this event ended on June 4, 2011.
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