A guns first stop is rarely its last.
$80 billion giveaway. 30 Aug 2021.
fighting for peace
Is digital entertainment imitating war, or is war imitating digital entertainment?
fiction to fight reality.
a history interupted
‘I PRESSED THE FIRE CONTROL… AND AHEAD OF ME ROCKETS BLAZED THROUGH THE SKY…’
the glory of war.
Aggressor or explorer, defender or destroyer; are we the baddies now?
what's done in the dark will be brough to the light | hat-tip to Johnny Cash.
War is ours, we buy it, sell It, watch it, we play it. Guns are a part of popular culture,’ they are integral to many of our favourite games and films likely to remain so for generations to come; less we forget, we seed it, we glorify it, we wage it.
business as usual
the ultimate strategy
"At the end of the day, it's all about money" | Garry Kasparov
film starring Richard E Grant and Steve Berkoff capturing the life and conscience of Michael Antonov Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK47.
Based on interviews with the iconic Soviet engineer in the last year of his life.
In concert with the film is an educational program called ‘Kalashnikov’s Dream; Wars & Why They Exist’. Launched in 2019 and now the most downloaded High School lesson in America.
| the journey
Artist exploring hypocrisies in the weaponised world. Evoking experience of surprised recognition: to show viewers what he knows but does not know that he knows.
Guns have long had an extraordinary and terrible influence over us. There are those who glorify them, and those who suffer by them. McCrow captures this polarising behaviour and brings the subject into the 21st Century; to look beyond their new representation to acknowledge the dark story weapons carry with them; to challenge our sanitised view of weaponry, our reaction to their being in front of us and with that our own morality.
| road to damascus
In 2011 McCrow’s close friend lost both legs and an arm in an explosion whilst serving as a Royal Marines Commando in Afghanistan. It was one of the catalysts that turned a distinct fascination with guns and weaponry into questions about individual purpose, morality, hidden stories, and the ability of one person to make a difference.
| last stop
A guns first stop is rarely its last. Eventually after years of conflict, many small arms end up in unsecured or poorly managed stockpiles. Left unchecked, they continue to be a direct threat to local people, as illicit armed groups continue to steal, smuggle and sell around 1 million weapons a year. Destruction of these surplus and illicit stockpiles ends the cycle of that gun’s violence. It saves lives and stabilises communities.
| it’s ours
War is ours, we buy it, sell It, watch it, we play it. Guns are a part of popular culture,’ they are integral to many of our favourite games and films likely to remain so for generations to come; less we forget, we seed it, we glorify it, we wage it. McCrow invite’s you to support One Less Gun, which is simply dedicated to reducing the number of surplus and illicit weapons and promoting a social responsibility to that end.
Made from the weapons destroyed; championing the notion that artist and their patrons can shape the world.
before you punch out!