"Mommy, I'm a Gentle Boy"
The wall sculpture "United" layered with the video animation creates an art installation that simultaneously juxtaposes the peaceful intent of the sculpture with the video examining how our culture continues to fuel the gun violence epidemic in the USA today. The video animation actively opposes the textural sculpture, forcing the viewer to unravel the meaning, which by the end becomes clear, when the sculpture and video animation become harmonious.

The video loops. There are 3 additional examples below. This is not the final edit, but a close example of our intentions. Rights to images and video footage will be completed in final rendering.

Video by DAN LAUER animator

Close up view of installation from left side
While the video is distorted by the texture of the wings, I wanted to document the interesting things that happen from viewing the installation from a different perspective.

Video by DAN LAUER, animator

"Mommy, I'm a Gentle Boy"
Filmed while moving closer and to the right of the installation. A person is watching to give a sense of the scale of the installation.

Video by DAN LAUER, animator

"Mommy I'm a Gentle Boy" video without wall hung wings
The video uses iconography, metaphor, animation, imagery and sound to examine the sociological factors that contribute to gun violence in the USA. By exposing a contemporary culture that glorifies and justifies toughness, male violence (and misogyny) in young boys through education, video games, social media, film, TV and even sports, we understand that easy access to guns (gun freedom) in the USA, creates the perfect situation for an act of gun violence (including suicide). Anger is a dominant theme. Anger management issues and impulsive behavior are highly correlated with gun violence.

Our motive is to seduce the viewers into a peaceful complacency that is suddenly and violently interrupted, with the intended destabilization leading to a permanent change in social consciousness and a resultant call-to-action. The visceral response functions as a catalyst for viewers to confront their vulnerabilities, as they examine and identify with imagery in the video and begin to understand the contribution each one of us makes to fueling the image of the dominant white male and the sharp increase in gun violence in our culture.

Video by DAN LAUER, animator
Bibliography Section Article Bibliography Section Catalog Bibliography Section Web Link PDF icon displayed by thumbnail Sold Dot