Guns: Loaded Conversations

SAQA’s Global Exhibition Guns: Loaded Conversations opened on April 22nd at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in San Jose, California.

The exhibition features the work of 33 SAQA artists.

This is Not The Time To Talk About Gun Control by Shawn Quinlan (Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA)

The call for entry for this exhibition encouraged artists to express their feelings about gun usage which is an incredibly complicated issue for Americans. Artists responded to the call with visual art that is both personal and political in nature.

EVERYDAY by Margaret Abramshe (Saint George, Utah USA)

The juror was Dr. Vicky A Clark, an independent curator and writer, with a particular interest in fiber art. Clark is a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University. Her teachings focus on contemporary art issues.

End Gun Violence by Kathryn Pellman (Los Angeles, California USA)

The exhibition has received significant local media coverage. You can follow the links here to read and listen to the reviews.

San Francisco Magazine
Broadway World: San Francisco
Mercury News
KTVU News
KQED Public Radio for Northern California
MetroActive 

According to the MetroActive article, “The exhibit is inspired by and speaks to many facets of American gun culture—from its profoundly divisive influence in politics to its use as a tool for hunting and self-protection. Perhaps what’s most interesting is the common theme that each work carries, regardless of whether the artist is pro- or anti-gun: horror, if not shock, surrounding the sheer number of deaths that guns contribute to, as well as America’s unwillingness to stop or slow down that violence.”

Every Other Day by Jennifer Solon (Perrysbug, Ohio, USA)

The catalog for the SAQA exhibition Guns: Loaded Conversations is available for purchase in the SAQA online store . The catalog includes images of all the quilts, artist statements, a foreward by Kristin La Flamme (SAQA Education Committee), and an essay from Juror Vicki A. Clark.

You can watch a video of the works in the exhibition as well as view a list of all of the artists and their work.

Dulce et Decorum Est by Charlotte Bird (San Diego, California USA)

The exhibition in San Jose ends on July 15, 2018. Guns: Loaded Conversations will then travel East where it will be displayed at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts from January 9, 2019 through April 6, 2019.

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