Garrett O. Hansen

Garrett O. Hansen

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Lexington , KY

Garrett O. Hansen graduated from Grinnell College, where he studied economics and political science. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia; he is now an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky.  Garrett has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, and Japan.


Artist Statement

Roughly 40% of US households have a gun and there are enough guns - approximately 300 million - to arm nearly every man, woman, and child in the country. 

At the core of The Void series is a desire to consider these facts and to create a set of images that speaks to their implications.  Each of the images is created from individual bullet holes.  While shooting is fundamentally a destructive act, by bringing these holes into the darkroom, enlarging them and then processing and printing the results, I am able to balance this destruction with creation.  The viewer is presented with something that speaks to the sublime – they are both attractive and terrifying at the same time.   In many ways this reflects our own opinions of guns in America, a country where the debate between rights and controls continues to rage.  

While The Void series deals with the power of the single bullet, the Silhouettes series engages the broader culture of guns in America.  Every week I go to a local gun range and collect the cardboard backings that are used behind their standard target.  The


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