Bullet at the Aldrich Museum

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Bullet at the Aldrich Museum

Date: 1998

Description: 'Bullet' was made from large rolls of toilet tissue supplied by the local Kimberly-Clark mill. The sheets of paper were lined up and shot 15 times with a hunting rifle and then hung in front of a window in the museum

Material: tissue paper

Provenance: USA

Notes: The sheets of paper were lined up and shot 15 times with a hunting rifle and then hung in front of a window in the museum with 10 inches between each sheet and so that all the holes lined up perfectly. The viewer was able to look through each hole into a glowing light tunnel or an ephemeral world, to the green of the gardens beyond. The fragile paper resisted the bullet as it ripped through the sheets so the front sheet has perfect round bullet holes whereas the last sheet has large jagged tears. This evidences the bullets journeys in time as they travelled through the paper. Ironically even such a fragile material is able to resist the violent power of the bullets. The work comments on America's violent gun culture and creates a tension with the fragile tissue paper.

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