Ever get the feeling walking through the subway at night that malicious eyes are glued to your back? If so, it could be because a ton of actors on movie posters are pointing guns in your direction, a cultural cliche that's seemingly invaded every single damn action-film promo.
Sensing an opportunity, 34-year-old Brooklyn artist Jon Burgerman has launched a gruesome photo project showing himself being executed by these bullet-spitting posters. "Head Shots," as he calls the series, began last summer and has since snowballed into a decent accumulation of blood-spattered shock pics. Don't worry, the fountains of corpuscles aren't real – after obtaining the original image, Burgerman adds copious gore with his special "bad Photoshop skills."
The artist recently took the time to answer a couple questions about the ultra-violent art, as well as provide a few obligatory head shots:
What inspired you to create this series?
I've been interested for a while in making what I term 'quiet interventions,' where our surrounding spaces are tweaked and played with in a fun, easy, cheap, non-permanent way. This can be as simple as taking a photograph that plays with perspective to distort the relationship of scale between two forms.
When I saw a giant poster of Bruce Willis firing a gun in Seoul last summer [ed: see above], I thought I should complete the composition and lie down on the ground beside it as if I'd been shot.
Is it meant as a comment on Hollywood's persistent violence or something else, or is just more of a funny experiment?
It's a funny experiment that will hopefully get people to look again at how our public spaces are being used and what the marketing images around us really say. It's not a comment on the content of movies.
Images used with permission of Jon Burgerman