The Shooting Artist
A painstakingly dull process of repeatedly firing a small caliber gun, close range, into a painted sheet of aluminium, is called Deweaponizing the gun. This seemingly useless task, one which should never involve a sane person, is not, as we find out, in any way associated with any sort of dementia. It is, in fact, art. How so? Well, even if Walton Creel would not make lovely portraits of animals while executing the task of repeatedly firing a small caliber gun, close range, into a painted sheet of aluminium, it would still serve to make the same point – though in a visually, slightly less appealing manner. The thing that happens, in this task, is that the gun is tamed – it’s nature transformed. The author is willing to endure the back-pain and the unrewarding dumbness we suspect this task might incur, for the reward of being able to say he’s used a tool of destruction for creation. And indeed, he’s shown that, even though it might not be easy, every purpose can be reinvented.