Robert Mapplethorpe
Gun Blast 1985

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Title
Gun Blast
Date 1985
Medium Black and white silver gelatin print on paper
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 508 x 406 mm
Collection
No information available
Reference
AR00222
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Mapplethorpe loved the adrenalin rush of danger and was attracted to the trappings, if not the actuality, of violence. He photographed himself with a knife, a rifle and a whip. Here he captures the moment after a shot has been fired from a revolver, so that the blast particles showing the trajectory of the bullet are clearly visible. Typically for Mapplethorpe he isolates the hand, gun and blast against a dark background and lines everything up in a diagonal that cuts the image into two halves.

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