Each “Shot (Drawing),” is comprised of the material of one lead bullet ground into a powder and worked into the piece of paper. What results are varying degrees of grey and an odd confluence of abstraction and figuration. As with the other works in the “Shot” series, the drawings rely on a conceptual reveal that the aesthetics are built upon base and discarded materials, ones that would otherwise not be expected as an artistic material.
Shot (drawings 1 - 23) lead on paper 19 5/8” x 27 7/16” 2011/2012
“Shot (Assemblage)” takes a base material, bullets that have been shot at a firing range, and incorporates them into the methodology of painting. Building up and across a “canvas” (actually a wooden substrate), the copper and lead bullets take on a painterly feel, ebbing and flowing from one section to the next. The result is an odd transcendence of materials, one that seduces the eye into elevating the material.