EXHIBITIONS: The M-16 Rifle Reinterpreted at SVA

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Disarming Art at SVA
Disarming Art at SVA
Through March 4 at the School of Visual Arts' SVA Gallery in New York, 209 East 23rd St., and moving to the Art Directors Club, 106 West 29th St., March 20-24, is "Disarm: New Year, New Use" — an exhibition of M-16 rifles that "have been transformed into whimsical and even humorous new forms," according to SVA. "Design students in the BFA advertising and graphic design department used replicas of the now ubiquitous firearm to create more than 40 everyday objects, ranging from a baby carriage and a grandfather clock to a beer keg and a Foosball table. Against the backdrop of mural-sized vintage photographs, the redesigned M-16s create nostalgic settings for daily life in the U.S." The exhibition is curated by Kevin O'Callaghan, chair of 3-D design at SVA, who also engineered the 1996 "Yugo Next" show, which similarly repurposed the anything but ubiquitous ultracheap car. We open this showcase with a gumball machine by Christopher Hawthorne. In the PDF you'll find a unicycle by Gregory Westby; an electric guitar by Sang-Un Jeon; and Marcelo Alves' Foosball table. See www.sva.edu for more.
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