Interview with Colorado Public Radio

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Ravi Zupa meets me at his Denver studio with a package wrapped in brown paper.

“I don’t want to get shot by the police as I walk home,” Zupa says. “Because it’s a very real looking firearm.”

The 38-year-old artist pulls out a sculpture that mimics a submachine gun from World War II. The piece looks very realistic, like all the works in Zupa’s “Mightier Than” series. They even prompted a call in November to the Englewood Police Department from someone who saw art handlers packing up some of the guns. The caller thought they were real.

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SOLO SHOW: “STRIKE EVERYWHERE” – BLACK BOOK GALLERY

STRIKE EVERYWHERE
New works by Ravi Zupa

Black Book Gallery
304 Elati St
Denver, CO 80223

www.BlackBookGallery.com

Opening Reception:

Saturday, March 19th 2016
6-10pm
Artist in attendance
Free & Open to the public

Exhibit runs March 19th – April 9th

Contact Black Book Gallery for a preview of available artwork.

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Print Release: Pearl Jam – Santiago, Chile 2015 – Artist Edition

18″ x 24″
3 color screen print
Edition of 80
Signed & Numbered
One per person
$85.00
Available in person at Black Book Gallery on February 19th from 5-6pm – Cash preferred – One per person/family

Limited quantity available online here: http://www.blackbookgallery.com/prints/ravi-zupa/
Saturday, February 20th randomly between 11am-1130am – Mountain Time Zone

New Print: Mary Kali

Please take a moment to check out my newest print “Mary Kali” released by Poster Child Prints

Size: 18 x 24 inches
Edition: 100
Materials: Six-color silkscreen on French 100% cotton archival paper.
Signed by Ravi Zupa
Numbered and Embossed
Exclusive to PCP, validated by a Certificate of Authenticity

Mass Appeal: Ravi Zupa’s Typewriter-as-Weapon Sculptures

In Ravi Zupa’s hands, the oxymoron of a thinking man’s gun becomes a reality. His is an artillery of words and knowledge. For the last several years, the self-taught, multidisciplinary artist has been transforming the levers, keys, and ribbon spools of typewriters into weapons. His Mightier Than series of repurposed sculptures do not destroy, rip flesh from bone, or take away. Rather, they aim to contribute and inject. Even the ammunition Zupa crafts—“pen bullets,” used machine gun cartridges filled with pens and pencils—flip the old adage of “the pen is mightier than the sword” right on its head. The sculptures register at gut level first, equal parts meditation and raw counterattack.

On the occasion of his participation in a new group show, A Primitive Future at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles, Zupa recently shared his time and insight with us regarding the evocative sculptures. – READ MORE

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