Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Really Haute Weapons of Mass Designer
Everything is going 'designer' these days from toys, ipod covers, stationery, furniture, vibrators you name it... a local Oakland artist added weapons to that list, giving them new meaning wrapped in the lux of high fashion labels. Artist Peter Gronquist put a new twist on the bizarre worlds of fashion and guns that whimsically questioned their values in his “The Revolution Will Be Fabulous” exhibit at L.A’s Gallery 1988 last month.
His pithy-yet-fabulous fashionable artillery art included assault rifles and rocket launchers emblazoned with prints and logos from Murakami, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Coach, among other top designers. Also up for grabs is a Pac-Man grenade, a Louis Vuitton electric chair, designer chainsaws, and a gazelle with LV-shaped antlers.
Prices ranged from $350 for the grenade up to $3,500 for the rifles.
Gronquist is originally from Portland. Growing up in a creative family, he began drawing and painting early on. This led to obsessive art making throughout his childhood that continues today. After high school, Peter attended the School of Visual Arts for two years, then finished his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2001. He currently resides here in Oakland California (EAST BAY!) and tries to paint every day.
As Occasional Superheroine and full-time feminist comic book fan Valerie D'Orazio notes, there's quite a market for pink guns. "When the revolution comes, prepare to shoot like a girl."
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