Garrett O. Hansen / Hail - Exhibit in Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, Bliss Hall

Garrett O. Hansen is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Kentucky. His work is exhibited at the Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, Indiana; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell, Iowa; Kampoeng Salatiga, Salatiga, Indonesia, and in private collections in Japan and the United States. His Hail exhibit indicates that roughly 40% of the population in the US owns a gun and there are enough guns - approximately 300 million - to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country. At the core of The Void series is a desire to consider these facts and to create a set of images that speaks to their implications. Each of the images is created from individual bullet holes. While shooting is fundamentally a destructive act, by bringing these holes into the darkroom, enlarging them and then processing and printing the results, he balances this destruction with creation. His Silhouettes series engages the broader culture of guns in America. Every week he goes to a local gun range to collect the cardboard backings that are used behind their standard target. The targets depict an unarmed man’s silhouette, a highly common target throughout civilian and police gun ranges. He brings the targets into the darkroom making full sized contact prints of them. These are then scanned and printed using a laser cutter. The final cut paper pieces, when installed, are lit from behind. As viewers approach the images the light falls on them. Where the light touches is where a bullet would strike.


This Exhibit is free and open to the public.


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