ART X INTERIOR EXHIBITION | VIENNA | THE ULTIMATE STRATEGY BY MCCROW

THE ULTIMATE STRATEGY

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32 polished military rounds sit on a board of bone.

 

 

The simplest of strategies, to eliminate your opponent.  An AK47 is destroyed for every bullet used; the serial number of the weapon destroyed etched on to each bullet and the board barcoded MCCROW.

Ultimate Strategy can be seen at the STEININGER Showroom (Schubertring, 4-1010 Vienna) from 3.3.17 -3.4.17

ART x INTERIOR exhibition invites clients to experience the unique connection between fine art and high-end interior design concepts. During this exclusive event, you will encounter a curated installation of fine art photography, paintings, interior design, sculptures. Selected artworks by VELVENOIR and outstanding interior design concept created by steininger.designers invite you to celebrate an evening of fine art and interior design concepts. On top of that, we showcase international design trends from. London, Milan and New York in a combination of established and emerging career artists. Interior Designer, Architects as well as international art consultants are attending the event to share insights behind the concept.

Summer Exhibition 2016 | Castle Fine Art Gallery ICC

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IN:SIGHT | BUILDING CREATIVE TALENT: 2016

Following a nationwide call for aspiring visual artists working in any field or medium to submit their work to a panel of art reviewers, a final selection of 16 British and international artists was made. In reviewing the work submitted by so many gifted aspiring artists, we were pleased to see such diversity of subject and medium.

Their combined submissions have been brought together into one beautifully curated display of more than eighty individual artworks. Powered by IN:SIGHT and driven by the vision and experience
of Washington Green’s dedicated Creative Team, this year’s Summer Exhibition boasts a wonderfully varied spectrum of art. Designed to allow all disciplines a chance
to shine, we hope to introduce audiences
to previously unfamiliar styles and subject matter. We hope visitors to the exhibition will derive great enjoyment from not only how the various pieces complement each other, but also the contrast that the work provides when viewed as a collection in its entirety.

The #SummerExhibition16 in Birmingham is exhibiting McCrow’s work all month, along with other emerging visual artists. There’s a vast range of contemporary art on display, well worth visiting if you’re around the area!

http://www.castlegalleries.com/summer-exhibition

Arsenal of Democracy by McCrow — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

An original work of art created from 2,552 spent rounds

Arsenal of Democracy 2,552 spent rounds, Size 80cm x 100cm Captain America, one of the very first weaponized heroes. A failed army recruit, enhanced by the military-industrial complex into a super solider to fight for freedom and liberty a true patriot. Captain America Comics number 1 issue was in March 1941 and his first act was to go and wallop Hitler. A noble debut to be sure, but this is a time when America is neutral in the war in Europe. 9 months later, in December 1941, America declared itself the ‘arsenal of democracy’ and joined WWII against Germany. The reality of giving Hitler a wallop was sadly not as depicted, contrasted by the realities of war, Captain America’s popularity waned and he was frozen… The same cannot be said for the military-industrial complex that has continued its growth and influence at an almost incomprehensible pace.

http://www.castlegalleries.com/art/arsenal-of-democracy-by-mccrow-art

First Kill by McCrow — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

An original work of art created from 2,197 spent rounds

First Kill 2,197 spent military rounds 175cm x 102cm The Space Invader made up of 2,197 spent rounds. This was the one of the very first digital enemies to be killed. Digital warfare, this is where it all began in 1978; it started so innocently…

http://www.castlegalleries.com/art/first-kill-by-mccrow-art

HULC by McCrow Art — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

An original work of art created from 2,522 spent rounds of ammunition

HULC 2,552 spent rounds, Size 80cm x 100cm tHe military-indUstriaL Complex; out of control, not just in fiction. The US spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined. For more information on the HULC see; Lockheed Martin Corporation One of the largest companies in the world with 78% of revenue from military sales. Missiles and Fire Control Business Development exo.info@lmco.com Phone: +1 (407) 356-4464 http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/exoskeleton/hulc.html The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein

http://www.castlegalleries.com/art/hulc-by-mccrow-art

Mental by McCrow Art — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

The UZI mounted onto barcode perspex

Mental UZI mounted onto large format, perspex face mounted, digital barcode print Decommissioned UZI 9mm Sub Machine Gun mark One Less Gun Origin; Israel Barcode scans Mental Size 180cm x 60cm This UZI 9mm, developed by Israeli Industries for the Special Forces for clearing enemy bunkers of its residents at a rate of 10 a second, has become an icon of film and gaming industry. Whilst most revel in the kudos of this icon the reality is, this weapon is successful because of its ruthless termination of life and unimaginable profitable for it manufacturers. Compounded by the profits to the military-industrial complex in waging the war on drugs and the revenue to the criminal fraternity for its monopoly of prohibition of the same, it is indeed a strange world and we be strange creatures, to continue to allow such exploitation of ourselves for the profit of so few, and still find this tool of death so alluring. In the production of this piece, one of the deadliest weapons on earth has been destroyed and juxtaposes, that to simply appreciate this piece, destroys guns, raises awareness and ultimately saves lives. It is time to begin to question the accepted commerciality of such weapons and wars that no longer serve our society. The UZI is destroyed and marked ‘One Less Gun’ on the rear; the barcode is a reference to the UZI mass production and scans ‘MENTAL’ …for so many reasons.

http://www.castlegalleries.com/art/mental-by-mccrow-art

Gun Peace by McCrow Art — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

AKM chopped up framed

Gun Peace AKM chopped up framed Size 150cm x 100cm An almost brand new AKM from a storage facility in the Middle East.If left unchecked, this weapon would be fully functional for decades. A perplexing realisation about the illicit small arms market, which is estimated to be 10 – 20% of the total global arms trade, is that 100% of these weapons leaked from official government stock piles – just like this one.

I.C.E.   In Case of Emergency by McCrow Art — The IN:SIGHT Shortlist Collection

I.C.E. In Case of Emergency Deep frame painted red, glass front, In Case of Emergency painted on glass. Removed from DR Congo Decommissioned AK47 enclosed Size 112cm x 51cm x 9cm Secured by the UN, made safe and deactivated, nothing has been done to this AK47. It is fresh from the battlefield. It poses a question; If we didn’t feel so safe, would you keep one, …just in case?

Castle Galleries are giving everyone the chance to vote for their favourite

#SummerExhibition16 artist. http://www.castlegalleries.com/thepeopleschoice

The exhibition runs from 30.07.16 – 28.08.16

Address Details

Birmingham Gallery | ICC
Castle Fine Art
International Convention Centre, Broad Street
Birmingham
B1 2EA

E: icc@castlefineart.com
T: 0121 248 8484
Opening Hours

Monday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Tuesday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM – 5:00PM

About This Gallery

For over two decades, the internationally renowned Castle Fine Art at the International Convention Centre, one of the longest-standing art galleries in Birmingham, has showcased art from modern masters as well as highly sought-after contemporary artists .

Closest Car Park to the Gallery: The Mailbox, B1 1RD

Birmingham Gallery Manager: Beth McCarthy

ICE by McCrow at Opera Gallery London

ICE by McCrow is currently on display at the Opera Gallery London.

Deep frame painted red, glass front, In Case of Emergency painted on glass
Removed from DR Congo
Decommissioned AK47 enclosed
Size 112cm x 51cm x 9cm

Secured by the UN, made safe and deactivated, nothing has been done to this AK47. It is fresh from the battlefield.
It poses a question;
If we didn’t feel so safe, would you keep one, just in case?

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Opera Gallery London
134 New Bond Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 2TF

www.operagallery.com

Elephants Forever | Sotheby’s Auction | ‘Something to Remember’ by McCrow

IMG_4197Described as the weapon of mass destruction by Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the AK47 has been the mainstay of every armed conflict since 1947, and has been instrumental in more deaths than any other weapon on earth.

 

With tens of trillions of dollars invested in the military-industrial complex since WWII, is it any wonder that the world is littered with the instruments of war? Even long after the fighting has stopped, these guns filter their way down into the larger population, all too often into the hands of criminal organisations, terrorists and poachers.

Hidden in plain sight, there is an AK47 for every 70 people on earth. Now as a reminder of how easily the world can be changed, this AK47 is turning a symbol of conflict into one of hope.

Taken from the hands poachers, it gives its functionality, horror and fascination to the preservation and majesty of nature.

There’s an art to disarmament.

McCrow
Something to Remember
2015
Hand painted AK47 mounted onto large format face-mounted photograph.
AK47 origin Russia, removed from Africa.
Size 205cm x 120cm; 81in x 47in
Courtesy of the artist and Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery

Elephants Forever will be a live auction of the exhibited artworks.  Hosted by Owen Wilson in partnership with Maclaren, it will be held at Sotheby’s on October 27th.  Online bidding is available here.

Elephants Forever | Contemporary Art for a Cause

Within our lifetime one of the most iconic and majestic creatures on the planet may cease to exist. On 27th October, Owen Wilson hosts a contemporary art sale featuring works by the world’s leading artists, in partnership with Maclaren. Elephants Forever will power efforts by Elephant Family and Space for Giants to save both Asian and African elephants from extinction.

Two NGOs. One Goal. Elephants Everywhere. Elephants Forever.

View Elephants Forever Auction Catalogue

Enquiries/Register to Bid: Lexi Bowes-Lyon lexi@elephant-family.org

Elephants Forever in partnership with Maclaren

McCROW | One Less Gun

 

Turning a symbol of conflict into one of hope.

Pioneering the concept of the art of disarmament; using weapons recovered from war torn areas of the world, and giving them a new life as unique and provocative pieces of art.

It is not about whether you like guns or dislike guns, it’s about the simple fact that there are too many and 1,000 people a day are dying as a result of them. Like it or not, guns are a part of popular culture. They are integral to many of our favourite games and films are in all likelihood to remain so for many generations to come. One Less Gun is simply dedicated to reducing their number and promoting a social responsibility to this end.

McCrow believes the art of disarmament is to acknowledge the human stories that share their history with each weapon, question individual purpose and our own morality, challenging our sanitised views of guns, and the ability collectively to make a difference.

One less Gun offers everybody the opportunity to contribute to the solution of this largely ignored problem. By texting onelessgun to 70007 on your mobile phone you can destroy a gun for £5. McCrow’s target is to destroy 1 million weapons. This will save lives, stabilise communities and make a safer world.

There’s an art to disarmament.

Toy Gun

Toy gunIt is the most effective killing machine ever invented, ending the lives of an estimated 250,000 people every year. The AK47 is the original assault rifle and is one of the most commonly smuggled small arms sold to governments, rebels, criminals and civilians alike around the world.
There have been approximately 75 million produced since 1947. It is inexpensive to manufacture, highly reliable, relatively compact and so simple to use even a child can operate it, this fact alone has resulted in nearly two hundred and fifty thousand child soldiers recruited for use in active combat.
Fisher Price makes a sharp reference to the fact that in many war torn areas, irrespective of those forced to take arms, many children are more likely to experience a real AK47 before a toy one.
The piece is in balance to challenge the notion that the violence and abuse that can surround a weapon may not always be forward of the trigger. It is precariously balanced; in part to demonstrate the equilibrium of suffering on both sides of the weapon.

Screaming Zebra

Screaming Zebra 2Screaming Zebras asks us to understand that even though a civil war may be over, the effects of conflict remain very real for many years. With huge numbers of small arms still filtering through the Africa, AK-47s are now in the hands of poachers meaning the Rangers employed to protect the wildlife must be heavily armed to ensure their own safety. These inevitable micro-battles are escalating the illegal trade of skins, rhino horn and ivory into a new, silent but nonetheless bloody conflict.

In the making of this piece two of the world’s most effective killing machines were destroyed.

AK47

ak47 white backgroundAK47 is McCrow’s seminal piece. The use of the barcode has become integral to McCrow’s work and is a reference to the AK47s mass production, a mind boggling 75,000,000.
Lead sits in the barrel and front cavities of the rifle to put the piece perfect balance. This is to reflect a common struggle with weaponry; on the one hand, guns are often considered cool and exciting and on the other, abhorrent and senseless. This AK47 is approximately 30 years old. Undoubtedly responsible for a great deal of suffering; undoubtedly responsible for destroying lives. Not only from the bullets it has it fired, but also by the consequence of carrying such an instrument. Soldiers forced into service at almost any age, victims entirely surround this piece.

It is time to begin to question the accepted commerciality of such weapons.

Exhibition dates

The exhibition runs from the 20th August to the 6th September

Opening hours

Daily 11am -7pm

Admission is free

Address

Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
South Bank
London SE1 9PH

MCCROW AT OPERA GALLERY LONDON

McCrow is currently exhibiting ‘Renaissance’ and ‘Digital Warfare’ at the Opera Gallery London.

Renaissance

renaissance at operaA Juxtaposition of two cultural heavy weights; the art of the 16th Century renaissance and the cornerstone of the 21st Century military-industrial complex. With 1.8 trillion dollars a year spent on weapons, Mona Lisa questions, how will our society be remembered by humanity 500 years from now?

 

 

 

Digital Warfare

IMG_8581Made up of 2,863 spent military rounds.
Is digital entertainment imitating war, or is war imitating digital entertainment?
The weapons Industry is investing millions dollars in the games industry every year. With weapons systems ever more game esque, is our children’s empathy for the horrors of war being sanitised and eroded, may be even groomed?

 

 

Opera Gallery London
134 New Bond Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 2TF

www.operagallery.com

McCrow at Opera Gallery London

McCrow is currently exhibiting ‘Bondage to the War Machine’ and ‘Screaming Zebras’ at the Opera Gallery London.

Bondage to the War Machine

Bondage to the War MachineComprising of 6,566 used military rounds; Bondage to the War Machine recognises the military–industrial complex.

In 1961 President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned the world about the “military–industrial complex” in his farewell address.

That complex now spends an incomprehensible 1.8 trillion dollars a year on weapons; this is 2.5% of the world’s GDP or more simply, $249 for every person on earth.

The prosperity of the world is now entangled in the production and deployment of weapons and as such it is now the military industrial complex that dictates much of its own policy; sadly, we are now all inextricably bound to the war machine.

In recognition to the $249 every person on earth spends on weaponry; 249 assault rifles were destroyed; the last evidence of their existence are the serial numbers fixed to the rear.

Bondage to the War Machine asks the question; what is this investment in our future and where will it ultimately end?

Size 90cm x 120cm

Screaming Zebras

Screaming ZebrasScreaming Zebras asks us to understand that even though a civil war can be over, the effects of conflict remain very real for years after.  With huge numbers of small arms still filtering through the Congo, AK-47s are now in the hands of poachers meaning the Rangers employed to protect the wildlife must be heavily armed to ensure their own safety.  These inevitable micro-battles are escalating the illegal trade of skins, rhino horn and ivory into a new, silent but nonetheless bloody conflict.

Screaming Zebras can be bought as a pair or as a single piece.

Screaming ZebrasScreaming Zebra  Mirror image

Size, each 125cm x 185cm

Opera Gallery London
134 New Bond Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 2TF

www.operagallery.com

McCrow Art at Big Buoy

Several artworks by McCrow are currently on display at the Big Buoy post production offices in London.  The exhibition is not open to the public but the artwork can be viewed privately by appointment.

Please contact kila@mccrowart.com for an appointment.