Every 16 Hours
February 8 - March 10
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Every 16 Hours, an exhibition by artist Kadie Salfi. Salfi will be showing a new body of work including paintings that put American gun culture in the crosshairs. This is Salfi’s first solo exhibition in New York City.
Every 16 Hours is an extensive arsenal of handguns, each painted on plywood panels with lustrous splashes of over-the-counter beauty products—lipstick, nail polish, blush—and captioned with an unsettling statement of provenance or prophecy: to kill his wife or to kill your daughter.
As a young artist growing up in rural New England, Salfi was fascinated by guns: their power, their stark beauty, their omnipresence in popular media and everyday life. Guns figured frequently in her early forays into artmaking, appearing in etchings, screen prints and Polaroids. However, when she first heard the statistic that every 16 hours in America, a woman is shot and killed by a current or former lover, a new element of terror entered her work focused on guns—terror commingled with allure.
Using a Pop palette, Salfi has been focused on the subject of gun violence in America for the last eight years, presenting social and political commentary with a sly stylishness that calls for the viewer to adjust perspective both literally and emotionally. Salfi has painted many guns used in mass school shootings, guns used to kill black men and now guns used to kill women. From a distance, the guns in Every 16 Hours are sexy, blingy and pop off the camouflage grain of the plywood, pulling the viewer in only to discover via the text what the gun was used for, to kill a women, your daughter, her friend, my mom. By personalizing the statements, Salfi asks the viewer if this is okay, acceptable or not. There is no blame, only the facts.