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Enough said? Counting Mass Shootings

September 1, 2023 at 12:00 am - November 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

Free

Enough Said? Counting Mass Shootings
on view September 1, 2023 through November 2023

This second tier of the Counting Mass Shootings series continues to call attention to the escalating number of Mass Shootings in the United States. Enough Said? Counting Mass Shootings opens on Friday, September 1, and includes mixed-media installation work by Susan Calza, Samantha M. Eckert and Felix Gonzàlez-Torres.

The opening reception on Friday, September 1 from 4-8pm is in collaboration with The Front and Hexum Gallery in celebration that artists are still here in the Montpelier Community during this intense time of recuperation and rebuilding. Marjorie Kramer – Paintings is on view at The Front. Hexum Gallery has two exhibitions: By Myself with You by Erickson Diaz-Cortés and Rock, Paper Scissors by Fiona Mc Teigue.

For this exhibition, Calza created a photographic triptych Enough. The work refers to the 1,034 children who have been killed by guns between January 1, 2023 and July 28, 2023. Gun violence is the major cause of death for children in the USA.

Conceptual artist Samantha M. Eckert created Coperta per tutti (a blanket for everyone), during a residency in Greve in Chianti, Italy. Of the blanket installation she shares “I often cut up emergency blankets and use the material in my work as a mechanism that indicates “crisis” and caring for those who’ve endured trauma; and linen and muslin intended to reference a burial shroud.” http://www.susancalza.com/susan-calza-galleryFelix Gonzàlez-Torres, Untitled, Death by Gun is a print made in 1990. Listed on the printed sheet are the names of 460 individuals killed by gun in the United States during the week of May 1–7, 1989, cited by name, age, city, and state, with a brief description of the circumstances of their deaths and, in most cases, a photograph of the deceased. These images and words, appropriated from Time magazine, where they first appeared, are reprinted without commentary.

Each Mass Shooting incident is indicated by a 23k gilded and numbered hanging tag. To date there have been over 465 Mass Shootings in the US, The corresponding number on each red tag represents one Mass Shooting. This year, the number of shootings continues to exceed the number of days in 2023. A Mass Shooting is defined as an incident where 4 or more people are injured or killed.

In addition to the hundreds of tags, a daily diary is on view recording the details and when possible, the names of the victims. It is up to the viewer’s discretion as to whether or not to engage with this recorded information.

The exhibition will evolve through December 31, 2023 as a record keeping device of US Mass Shootings. The hope is that the installations will engender public dialogue and outrage. Tags and records in the diary will continue to accumulate. Calza is committed to undertaking this form of very public record keeping.

The Gallery will be open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm through November, 2023 and by appointment by contacting the Gallery Director ([email protected]).

Details

Start:
September 1, 2023 at 12:00 am
End:
November 30, 2023 at 12:00 am
Cost:
Free
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Website:
http://www.susancalza.com/susan-calza-gallery

Venue

The Susan Calza Gallery
138 Main Street
Montpelier, VT
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802-224-6727
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Creative Zone
Four-County Zone (Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington Counties)