Every so often I get an email from a conceptual artist who is obsessed with the artistic merit of putting a gun on display. Rarely do they exhibit beautiful guns, but instead poorly made, badly modified or kitschy blinged out guns. My theory is that eventually conceptual artists eventually run out of metaphors for genetalia and need to find the next thing to shock the public. The artsy crowd is apparently easily shocked by guns sitting inside locked glass display cases.
One artist, Tom Sachs, claims to have made guns not for their artistic metric but for profit. After realizing guns could be made easily and cheaply, he run a small manufacturing racket producing functional zip guns to sell to a New York City gun buyback program for up to $300 a piece.
These are a few of the guns he has displayed …
[ Many thanks to Max for emailing us the link. ]