Buzzy and his Johnny Gun


Christopher Kaspar
(Lakewood, Ohio)


Analog photo printed on metal plate


30” W x 30” H


Artist Statement:

For the past number of years I have concentrated on creating new ways of making art by combining analog photography with a scanning process that creates a new image which is then printed on large scale metal plates.  I am interested in images from our past that make statements about current issues or images that speak to me on an aesthetic level.


Toys have always mirrored society. Although newer toy guns have bright colors, the message is still the same: ""Give weapons to the youth so they will be comfortable saying,' You can't take my guns!' when they become adults."" This image is of a boy showing off his new weapon of mass destruction, which he received as a Christmas gift. This photo describes how the fact that guns play such a big part in our society.