You'll shoot your I out, 2018

You’ll shoot your I out, 2018

TITLE: You’ll shoot your I out (Missing Parts Series)

YEAR: 2018

MEDIUM: Found Objects, FDM 3D prints

DIMENSIONS: 14″H x 24″W x 6″D

DESCRIPTION: I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I know that something is missing here…As with all works in this series, it began with an object from my childhood.  In this case, the leather holster and belt were recently found in my father’s basement amidst boxes of old, childhood toys.  If memory serves me, I have fond impressions of gearing up with the holster and (missing) toy pistol, dawning chaps and vest, and riding bareback on the family dog around the house. Parts of this cowboy outfit are missing. I was maybe three or four years old. As with most memories, we have to fill in the blanks. This sculpture fills the void as well, as does the “reverse” pistol that I’ve printed, complete with a single trigger finger bullet.

Holding these broken toys in my hands again began to bring me back to that long-lost world. Though it was not the same as it once was… Nothing fits anymore. Now at age 36, the vibrancy has been clouded to fuzzy polaroid impressions, almost developed but still waiting, trying to shake the life of colors into it. Slowly, yet immediately discovering that missing parts are always missing. Perhaps they are in another box somewhere, collecting dust…maybe they are right where they were left…where they are supposed to be.

The pistol I’ve 3D printed was originally designed by Thorped (see tag below) and distributed for “open design” by the thing-sharing site thingiverse.com. No modifications were made from the original design.