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Walton Creel  Birmingham, AL

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About Walton

The terms gun and weapon are practically interchangeable. From hunting to war, self defense to target practice, the gun has been a symbol of power and destruction. Art and entertainment have both taken the same approach to he gun. Traveling Wild West shows had gunslingers that shot crude silhouettes and names, but this was done to illustrate the shooters prowess. Some artists have used high speed film to capture a bullet slicing through its target, while other artists have melted guns into sculptures.

When I decided I wanted to make art using a gun, I was not sure what direction I would have to take. I knew I did not want to use it simply as an accent to work I was doing, but as the focus. My main goal was to take the destructive power away from the gun. To manipulate the gun into a tool of creation and use it in a way that removed it from its original purpose. To deweaponize it.

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"how to make an abstruct art of weapons and humans"

"Weird. LOVE IT!!!!!!!"

"His neighbors must hate him HA-HA!"

"Ok, But look at the gun he's using here. Had to be a 22. #1 has to be low calabier in order to make that paterning without destroying the paper.#2 low cost of ammoSo did he really depower the gun or just use a low per gun?Either way I applaud his art. Besides if the gun was less of a powerful symbol perhaps folks would not be so quick to grab it."

"I'm not sure what to make of this really.the skill level to create pictures using only holes is incredible. however the concept of deweaponizing the gun makes me pause for a bit. i applaud the the artist's goal to treat the gun as a tool, just like any other item out there. he wants to create and he uses the gun as a tool to create art. Gun can be as menacing as a paintbrush or deadly based on the wielder's intent.however, the reason i pause is that one must remember, the was built to be deadly. and treating it as anything else can lead to reckless endangerment or negligent discharges. It's a tool, and can be deweaponized in its purpose, but one must remember it's something to still use responsibly"

"cool, very creative"

"nice never seen anything like it very different:)"

"cool. I'm kinda afraid of guns, but now that I see this, it changes my perspective. Very creative."

"never see anything like it. very nice."

"freakin' awesome. dmgo gets it- creation is the name of the game in this interesting use for a weapon associated with destruction. old news, my ass."

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