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Garrett Hansen

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

Roughly 40% of US households have a gun and there are enough guns - approximately 300 million - to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country.

Begun in 2015, HAIL is an ongoing series that considers this fact and asks a simple question – what do guns create? Whether looking at individual bullet holes in the Void series, the remnants of bullets after impact in the Bullet series, the toll that guns take on American communities in the Memorial series, or the ways in which shooters are trained in the Silhouette series, HAIL is a project that looks deeply at this issue and asks viewers to directly engage it. In these politically fraught times, this exhibition is an attempt to create a space for thoughtful and considered dialogue around gun violence in America.

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