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preditorXtreme series
sculpture
fox gun
baby quail grenades

drawings
coyote sight
fox guns
prairie dog revolver
baby quail grenades

the dead garden
Winter Shack, Brooklyn, NY
High Desert Test Sites, CA

the portable forest
Dumbo Arts Center & Festival, NYC
The Armory Center for the Arts, CA
The San Deigo Museum of Art
Monte Vista Projects, LA
Sunset Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Human Resources, LA
Washington Blvd. Art Concert, LA
Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions
Sea and Space Explorations, LA

public art places
organizer, curator, director
sea and space explorations, LA
tree and space, LA
sound in space Festival, LA
100 person solo show, LA

participatory
you are the largest thing on Earth
art of exchange
primal scream painting booth
we
miss
wish

sculpture
data planter
search
blue kiss

concept paintings
portal paintings
black holes


 

predatorXtreme Drawings: fox guns
graphite on paper
Nov - Dec 2013

These fantasy drawings explore the allure of hunting by merging foxes with weapons advertised in the hunting magazine Predator Xtreme. This exploration is intentionally absurdist, rendered in a medium which is clearly not based in reality—drawing. While the art may ask the viewer to consider violence in the abstract (a common theme), the violence in question is rooted in the animal world and is certainly less provocative than much of the photojournalism or entertainment imagery that we see every day.

 

Lara Bank
11" X 30". graphite on paper. Nov. 2013

The fox is both predator and prey, making it a tantalizing target in hunting circles: Hunters enjoy a sense of bravado in killing a fearsome natural predator (albeit of small mammals and birds). In these drawings, animals confront the user of the gun, integrating with and subverting the instrument of their own destruction.

Lara Bank
13" X 30". graphite on paper. Dec. 2013

Hunting with fire arms is central to issues of gun control. The right to bear arms exists in the United States for this purpose as well as the protection of home and family. These drawings question the viewer's relationship to this rational for the legalization of guns. They ask us to consider the concept of violence and its role in our lives by referencing the practice of hunting, which has existed since the beginning of time. They are meant to provide questions rather than answers. By addressing societal insecurities tangentially, we can gain an approach to sensitive topics that are, after all, fundamental to the cycle of life and to our sense of morality.

These universal issues effect all people—in fact, all life forms.