Cast Gunshots and Cast Rifle Shots, 2015-16
Following the Cast Gunshots, 2015, I cast shotgun shots, rifle shots and black powder musket shots. Each had their own particular appearance. What I was not prepared for was how the socio-political element of shooting came to dominate the reading of the works. While I am certainly aware of the function of weapons, I was still very much interested in the transposition of sound, time and motion into other forms, which had been the defining element in works as far back as the Clock Drawings, 2009-10. Finding a way to have the socio-political combine with the transformatory elements in a productive manner became the challenge. This led to accompanying some of the cast forms with video of me shooting and in the case of The Death of General Wolfe, 2016, referencing a historical event.
Below are a number of images of the aforementioned series.
British General Wolfe is known for having led British troops to defeat the French forces on the Plains of Abraham below Québec City in 1759. During the battle the General was shot and killed. A famous painting by American painter Benjamin West depicts the moment of death as a pieta where Wolfe is the Christ figure. Only a single drop of blood is shown as he lies back in the arms of a subaltern. In actual fact, Wolfe was hit by three .50 calibre musket rounds, one each in the arm, shoulder and chest. He must have died a bloody and excruciatingly painful death. This cast piece reasserts the violence and forces at play at this historic moment.Back