Guns and art mix at Mesa Arts Center

Artillery shows many views of guns as art

ARTillery is a new exhibit at the Mesa Arts Center that contains 34 artists with 34 views on fire arms. The views are positive, negative, historical and cultural and can all be seen at the center.

Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center is hosting the exhibition through August 16, 2015.

"It is basically art influenced by guns," Associate Curator Tiffany Fairall said.

ARTillery features well known artists such as Shepard Fairey and Sandow Birk, who are known for their edgy and challenging work. Famed ceramic artist Charles Krafft contributes numerous delicate porcelain weapons that look like they should grace grandma's kitchen table.

While most pieces originate from the western U.S., including two Arizona artists, there is a world view from Norweigen artist Odd Nerdrum.

"We have quite a few celebrity contributors, we have Jesse James," Fairall said.

The former reality TV star and motorcycle maker is now gunsmithing in Texas and has his 3D tribute to the band, The Vandals, on display.

"We've got Eve Plumb, you may know her as Jan Brady of the Brady Bunch," Fairall said.

Indeed, the middle daughter of the Bradys reverts to a 1940's film noir look and women using guns with her piece "Bang, Bang, Bang."

Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center is open Tuesday through Sunday at One East Main in downtown Mesa.

For more information on this exhibit and more head to mesaartscenter.com.


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