Manifest: Armed is the first in a series of exhibitions focusing on the reaction of artists to technological trends. Armed features four artists—Sarah Frost, Julian Oliver, and the collective SmithBeatty (artists Colin Beatty and Craig Smith)—whose work deals with issues surrounding American gun culture.
The Manifest series investigates art, technology, and the role of exhibition spaces. Sarah Frost’s installation, Arsenal, focuses on a community of boys who self-publish instructional YouTube videos for making paper guns. Julian Oliver’s Transparency Grenade sits waiting to “detonate” in the very real and unseen space of wireless information. A collaborative work and performance by Craig Smith and Colin Beatty, FireSale©TM, involves the purchase, disassembly, distribution and reassembly of a 9mm caliber firearm.
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