ArtPrize Artist Paints American Flag by Shooting Gun [Video]
ArtPrize artist Michael Roberts wants to show that "something beautiful" can come from a gun.
In his artist statement, Roberts says:
"Painting Freedom" is attempting to illustrate that not everything that CAN destroy can ONLY destroy. We hope to show that something beautiful can come from it.
Guns have always been a theme among ArtPrize artists. You'll also find a 13-foot toy cap gun at GRAM during ArtPrize 10. Two years ago, Jenna Blazevich's The City Beautiful used 27,000 .22 bullet casings to display a message. There have been dozens of other gun-themed entries in the past and there are many more this year.
Roberts used a Sig Sauer SP2022 to shoot and spray paint onto a taped-off canvas and into the shape of a flag.
The debate on guns isn't going away. It's good to have both sides of the argument represented at ArtPrize, even if Roberts' choice to paint an American flag is predictable.