An exhibit coming to Brooklyn will feature artwork where pistols, rifles, and other weapons and violent imagery are inserted into interpretations of works by Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer… even Dr. Seuss.
The show, opening Feb. 2, is being produced by Repair the World, a Jewish social justice non-profit, and features the artwork of Brooklyn artist Evan Schwartz and writer-artist Michael K. Dorr.
In a blog post, Schwartz explained that he was inspired partly by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the subsequent legislative inaction when he drew and painted a scene from The Cat in the Hat and modified it to include machine guns and a wall strafed with bullet holes: “This artwork seeks to suggest the anarchic intrusion of such gun-generated violence and the resulting unexpected chaos that reigns supreme, especially in the children’s expression of eternal dismay.”
The entire series began in 2016 with The Runaway, a reimagining of Norman Rockwell’s iconic work of the same name wherein the titular runaway at the diner was replaced by a black child and the police officer’s benevolent face was replaced by a gun. Schwartz explained that the work was a reaction to a slew of killings of unarmed black men: “Although [he and Dorr] are white and have not been subject to police brutality or police discrimination (however, we both have been discriminated by ‘civilians’ for being Jewish even though only one of us is jewish!), against this backdrop I felt compelled to use my artistic voice to this appalling issue of what appears to be systemic racism in the police department.”
You can see more of the works by playing the video below, and also be visiting Schwartz’s website.
“Guns Don’t Kill… A Re-imagining” will be on display Feb. 2 to April 30 at Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn.