The Exit Wounds Collaborative Art Project, created at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, blended collaged narratives created by formerly gang-involved youth with my “Bullet Blossoms” series. Participants told their stories through their own photographs, original art, text and unconventional objects such as hand-painted handkerchiefs, x-rays, and billiard balls. With direction from the participants about where to aim, I shot the works off-site with a .45 caliber handgun. I then painted poppy blossoms around the “exit wounds” to suggest that healing and hope co-existing with violence and despair. Twelve original works from the project were on view at the Hi-Lite Project Space in Downtown Los Angeles from March 19-April 14, 2011. All proceeds benefitted Homeboy Industries. Selected works were also on exhibit throughout Los Angeles as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum’s Folk Art Everywhere Program.
This is a wonderful video created by Wanderlust Industries Films about Homeboy Industries and the Exit Wounds Project: https://vimeo.com/61309930