Craig Smith (b.1972) and Colin Beatty (b.1971) , Fire-Sale 2011™, 2011; handgun case with 1/33 share of Glock handgun (plastic magazine end cap) and documentation, 5 x 11 x 11 ¾ inches; Burchfield Penney Art Center, Gift of Gary Nickard and Patty Wallace, 2018
Taken from: http://firesale2011.blogspot.com/
FireSale©TM is a collaborative artwork and incorporation involving the purchase, disassembly, distribution and reassembly of a 9MM caliber firearm. The collaborative team of Colin Beatty and Craig Smith has established a corporate entity in which gun part holders are part owners / share holders in this corporate entity.
The firearm has been disassembled in to its 33 individual parts, and each part has been placed in a unique custom fabricated gun case for safe transportation. Each case has been mailed to one of 33 stakeholders.
If you have received a case containing one part of 33 parts of the
disassembled hand gun, you are a share holder in this enterprise. As a part owner, you have rights to speak on the blog as a minority share holder. If you have not already, as part owner, you will be receiving a call on your share, which is the company’s request for you to surrender your stock, part, and all rights related, sending the part back to the incorporation. The parts will be collected in to a single location with the objective of reassembling the firearm in to functioning condition.
It is the discretion of each share holder to determine if the
corporate objective, gun reassembly, is aligned with their own. And it is a collective response that is required for all parts to be returned in order to produce the fully functioning
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