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I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now, Boris Bally, Curator
Co-presented by Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and Maryville University
April 6 – May 13, 2018
Maryville University Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 5, 5- 8pm
Conversation Towards Peace
Thursday, April 5, 7pm
With the opening of I.M.A.G.I.N.E Peace Now, we invite you to join metalsmith / activist / organizer Boris Bally, a spokesperson from the Mothers Against Gun Violence, and selected faculty from Maryville's Law Enforcement School and Counseling School for a presentation on the effects of gun violence in our everyday lives. This event is free + open to the public.
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Opening Reception:
Friday, April 6, from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Boris Bally Curator’s talk, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design will partner with Maryville University to present IMAGINE Peace Now (April 5 - May 13, 2018). This traveling exhibition, conceived by metalsmith Boris Bally, features work by some 100 artists who have created sculptures from decommissioned firearms, many from city buy-back programs. Bally states: “The Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions, or IMAGINE Peace Now exhibition, is a call to arms, hearts, and hands … for contemporary metal artists. Included work responds to, and initiates conversations regarding, the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today.”
Over the last twenty years, we have seen the rise of this violence sweep into our schools, movie theaters, malls, and neighborhoods. Boris Bally, curator and artist, wanted artists to use their unique skills and perspective to advocate for positive change. Through history, artists have often served as the voices and illustrators of movements for change. This exhibition is an invitation to conversations about violence in America today and about potential constructive responses to that crisis. Boris Bally has invited artists to use their skills and viewpoints to evoke meditations on violence and to advocate for positive change, for peace. The works in the exhibition highlight the skill and beauty—as well as the danger and fear—evoked by metalsmithing techniques and materials that form both sculptures and guns alike. These artworks demonstrate respect for the craft that goes into making weapons even as they critique the deadly purpose of those objects.
Jurors of the exhibition include: Emily Zilber (Boston MFA), Monica Moses (American Craft Magazine), Shepard Fairey (Artist), and Boris Bally. These jurors selected work based on overall design, skill, and impact. The exhibition opened at East Carolina University, then traveled to Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and on to Lexington, Kentucky.