In place of gunmetal and steel, Georgia-born, New Mexico-based artist, Corey Pickett’s immense gun sculptures are stuffed with foam and upholstered in a mélange of versicolor patterns. Pickett draws inspiration from his research of the Middle Passage and uses Victorian and Dutch textiles to visually reference the past conditions of African-Americans. The artist states, “Initially these objects were in response to gun violence towards African-Americans; however, my work has expanded to gun violence against all humans.” Pickett’s ebullient soft sculptures transpose the issue of gun violence to create a comfortable and secure environment in which to contemplate the role of guns in our society.

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October 13, 2017 - November 11, 2017