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Art: Closing Reception for Natalie Baxter: OK-47, Institute 193
April 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ntroduced her both to gun culture and to sewing. One of her gun-owning acquaintances, her Appalachian grandmother, taught her to quilt when she was young. Firearms are traditionally viewed as objects of power and masculinity, but Baxter is unsettling this image by using a historically feminine craft technique to create non-threatening, non-functioning, and (frankly) flaccid translations. Her guns are more than plush toys, since treating them as such and thrusting them into the hands of children would only serve to familiarize and endear the image of a dangerous weapon. Baxter hopes that the works will act not as a statement for or against guns, but rather as catalysts for open-ended discussions about violence, gender, and ways in which humans relate to one another. OK-47 will be on view from March 2 – April 23, 2016. Exhibitions at Institute 193 are always FREE and open to the public. About the Artist: Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, Kentucky) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Baxter received her BA from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN in 2007 and her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Through video, photography and sculpture, her work deals with issues of home and place identity."