George Cooley & Margaret Brostrom present seven pieces exploring the dehumanizing qualities of human targets. The artists have worked together for five years doing similarly collaborative themed series. ‘Human Targets’ embellishes official National Rifle Association (NRA) silhouette [human] paper targets (product #B27) – there are many versions, but the NRA target is popular for weapons training and competitions. Scoring on the targets rewards hitting body mass and killing – not wounding. From these death templates the artists have produced more than 50 art pieces. Parts of the paper target series have been exhibited in Pittsburgh (Oct 2017) and Oil City, PA (currently). The artists have opinions on guns and their related issues, but their ArtPrize project focuses on the targets. They believe practicing weapons skills on the human form desensitizes the shooter – they get comfortable shooting people. Further, the artists are convinced using human targets is premeditation for murder.
- Art form: 2-D
- Depth: --
- Medium: Mixed Media on Paper Targets
- Width: 23 inches
- Year created: 2018
- Height: 45 inches
About Art Inside
Margaret Brostrom & George Cooley have been artists all their lives, and partners in life and art the last five years. They both relocated to Oil City, PA – George from Chicago and Boston, and Margaret from San Francisco. They are both painters working on their own approaches to aesthetics but collaborating on joint projects that keep evolving.