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.
New works by Ravi Zupa
Black Book Gallery
304 Elati St
Denver, CO 80223
Saturday, March 19th 2016
Artist in attendance
Free & Open to the public
Exhibit runs March 19th – April 9th
Contact Black Book Gallery for a preview of available artwork.
18″ x 24″
3 color screen print
Edition of 80
Signed & Numbered
One per person
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
Please take a moment to check out my newest print “Mary Kali” released by Poster Child Prints
Size: 18 x 24 inches
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
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