Makes you want to run out and buy a gun

Dominic Sansone | United States



24" x 36" x 6" each


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    Art Description: This collection of work was made to draw parallels between the rising rates of firearm ownership and the number of weapons in circulation, to the number of vehicles on the road. Currently there are more than 400 million registered firearms in the United States—far outpacing the number of registered vehicles; including passenger cars, buses, garbage trucks, ambulances, etcetera. Painted in common colors of cars from my youth and individually titled with things like LYH 207 or TDR 623 (an old standard/system of license plates in my home state of Illinois), along with flashing leftover from the casting process and a rust patina; these gun sculptures are meant to evoke the ubiquitous and unremarkable nature of the used car. The difference being they bring an oversized ridiculousness to what would otherwise be easily concealable, forcing the viewer to confront the reality of the undue influence firearms have on our society. Each barrel has a serene baby face—representing both the old adage "guns don't kill people, people kill people" and the idea that many cases of gun violence/tragedy are carried out by actual children. These are five times life size replicas of the iconic Colt 1911A .45 caliber handgun.

    Thirteen pieces available in Pink, Maroon, Red, Orange, Bright Yellow, Pale Yellow, Green, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, Gold, Silver, and Brown. All with a rust patina.

    Price of $5000 is for ONE.

    Medium Used: Urethane foam and steel

    Dominic Sansone | United States

    My current body of artwork is a critical response to the current geopolitical landscape, created by the disproportionate role of the Military Industrial Complex in our society. Militarism has seeped into every segment of our culture; from building “defensive” walls on our borders, to calls for arming our teachers and children. Fear and paranoia ooze from our pores as we cower in imaginary foxholes on battlefields that do not exist. Always a new enemy, always some new evil to vanquish, war without end. Ultimately the goal is not to answer the questions or propose solutions for the viewer, but hopefully to cause them to consider, with more than a cursory glance, the reality we build for ourselves through the choices we make as individuals and how those choices impact our civilization. To achieve these ends, I interpret contemporary events by drawing inspiration from moments in history and utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach with a dash of acerbic wit.