Primary Projects Presents "Asif's Guns". A Solo Installation by Miami Based Artist Asif Farooq. This installation will serve as a sweeping survey of contemporary weapons by the Miami-born artist, who is meticulously faithful to reproducing the size, shape and individual components of each gun model, using found cardboard boxes, an x-acto knife and glue. Asif’s Guns is a romantic testament envisioned through the eyes of a predisposed artist raised in a gun-friendly environment, and delivered to the senses of a gun-obsessed America. Farooq challenges viewers to become aware of their instinctive reactions and principles as it relates to gun culture and the place of art, toys and iconography in probing controversial questions about communal and personal values. Farooq’s own response, “My guns are a confessional: if a gift doesn’t hurt to give, then it isn’t much of a gift at all,” references how these objects of destruction are fashioned as private portraits of the artist’s fallen brother.
We will be collecting donations on behalf of the amazing organization "Stop Handgun Violence". SHV is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 by a group of businesspeople moved by the increasing number of gun deaths and injuries in America. SHV works effectively to prevent firearm violence through public awareness and sensible legislation - without banning guns. In Massachusetts, we’re making a real difference. Since 1994, we have passed the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation and have reduced gun injuries by 50%, gun homicide by 56% and gun accidents by 58%. Our gun violence prevention efforts are a model for the nation.