Shooting Gallery Project Space is pleased to present Hunting Season by San Francisco-based artist, Melanie Alves, featuring eight taxidermy-inspired sculptures comprised of toy guns and spray paint. The opening reception will be Saturday, February 8, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through March 8, 2014.
Hunting Season is a continuation of the artist’s exploration into current social issues of gun violence and the manufacturing of a culture of fear. Through cleverly crafted sculptures, Alves draws attention to America’s focus on power, greed, and the individual, and the worry that it has lead to the loss of core human values. She translates this loss into the powerful imagery of the toy gun (the “playful” or distorted appropriation of an object of violence) as a thing of beauty and pride in the form of taxidermy, referring to these pieces as “society’s trophy to itself.”
Melanie Pereira Alves is a visual artist living in San Francisco, CA. Alves was born in December 1983 San Jose, California (USA) but raised in Portugal.