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wall space gallery opens its programming of 2014 with a two-person exhibition on the
discomfiting beauty of morally fraught objects: bullets. Gallery artist Deborah Bay will exhibit her series
The Big Bang, examining power, violence and energy. In a multi-layered visual exploration of how bullets
shatter bone and muscle, Bay utilized Plexiglass to clarify impact patterns. By isolating the casings and
destruction from any living target, Bay's photographs simultaneously invite the viewer to detach from the
human meaning of projectiles and to contemplate a willful ignorance of violence. In Ammo, guest
photographer Sabine Pearlman has bisected WWII rounds to expose the toylike innards of unidentified
bullets. In Pearlman's photographs, the viewer is compelled to admire the craftsmanship and and intact
delicacy of objects whose raison d'etre is obliteration.
 

About The Big Bang by Deborah Bay -
Imagine a time of no time and no space, a time before time began.
In that abyss of nothingness the Big Bang occurred, a moment of singularity when the cosmos was born:
a brilliant, millimeter-sized ball of light expanding in a flash, instantaneously transformed into the
vastness of the universe.
New images from space renew our sense of awe as we push back through billions of years of time,
through the heavenly primordial soup to the earliest stars. Inspired by visions of time traveling through
space, the images in ''The Big Bang'' hint at these cosmologic regions and encourage viewers to wander
among unknown galaxies, speculating on their genesis.
As suggested by their titles, these images were created by shooting projectiles into bullet-proof plexiglas,
a big bang of another sort. Law enforcement professionals at the Public Safety Institute at Houston
Community College fired the shots into the plexiglas, and the photographic images were made later in the
studio.
 

About Ammo by Sabine Pearlman
This series of ammunition cross-sections was photographed inside a WWII bunker in Switzerland in
October of 2012. The entire series consists of 900 specimen. I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous
nature of the subject matter. The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which
stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the
beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.
 

Artist Biographies-


Deborah Bay specializes in tabletop and constructed photography, creating enigmatic in-camera images as
well as digital composites. Her most recent series, ''The Big Bang,'' examines the fragmentation of bullets
embedded in plexiglas, tracing the energy released from the projectile well after the gunshots are fired.
She has exhibited work at the Dallas Contemporary, Griffin Museum of Photography, Dishman Art
Museum, New York Hall of Science and Southeast Museum of Photography, among other venues. Her
work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and has been featured on the cover of the
British Journal of Photography. A variety of international publications have featured her images, including
PM Magazin and Welt der Wunder (Germany), BBC Focus and MailOnline (UK), and Smithsonian.com
(USA). She lives in Houston, Texas, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The University
of Texas at Austin.
Sabine Pearlman was born and raised in Austria. She moved to the US in 2004, and today lives and
works in Los Angeles. As a photographer, she strives to create a poetry of images by synergizing the "big
picture" with the small details. Educated at Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design and Santa
Monica College, Sabine's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries nationally and internationally.


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wall space gallery opens its programming of 2014 with a two-person exhibition on the
discomfiting beauty of morally fraught objects: bullets. Gallery artist Deborah Bay will exhibit her series
The Big Bang, examining power, violence and energy. In a multi-layered visual exploration of how bullets
shatter bone and muscle, Bay utilized Plexiglass to clarify impact patterns. By isolating the casings and
destruction from any living target, Bay's photographs simultaneously invite the viewer to detach from the
human meaning of projectiles and to contemplate a willful ignorance of violence. In Ammo, guest
photographer Sabine Pearlman has bisected WWII rounds to expose the toylike innards of unidentified
bullets. In Pearlman's photographs, the viewer is compelled to admire the craftsmanship and and intact
delicacy of objects whose raison d'etre is obliteration.
 

About The Big Bang by Deborah Bay -
Imagine a time of no time and no space, a time before time began.
In that abyss of nothingness the Big Bang occurred, a moment of singularity when the cosmos was born:
a brilliant, millimeter-sized ball of light expanding in a flash, instantaneously transformed into the
vastness of the universe.
New images from space renew our sense of awe as we push back through billions of years of time,
through the heavenly primordial soup to the earliest stars. Inspired by visions of time traveling through
space, the images in ''The Big Bang'' hint at these cosmologic regions and encourage viewers to wander
among unknown galaxies, speculating on their genesis.
As suggested by their titles, these images were created by shooting projectiles into bullet-proof plexiglas,
a big bang of another sort. Law enforcement professionals at the Public Safety Institute at Houston
Community College fired the shots into the plexiglas, and the photographic images were made later in the
studio.
 

About Ammo by Sabine Pearlman
This series of ammunition cross-sections was photographed inside a WWII bunker in Switzerland in
October of 2012. The entire series consists of 900 specimen. I was originally intrigued by the ambiguous
nature of the subject matter. The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which
stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the
beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.
 

Artist Biographies-


Deborah Bay specializes in tabletop and constructed photography, creating enigmatic in-camera images as
well as digital composites. Her most recent series, ''The Big Bang,'' examines the fragmentation of bullets
embedded in plexiglas, tracing the energy released from the projectile well after the gunshots are fired.
She has exhibited work at the Dallas Contemporary, Griffin Museum of Photography, Dishman Art
Museum, New York Hall of Science and Southeast Museum of Photography, among other venues. Her
work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and has been featured on the cover of the
British Journal of Photography. A variety of international publications have featured her images, including
PM Magazin and Welt der Wunder (Germany), BBC Focus and MailOnline (UK), and Smithsonian.com
(USA). She lives in Houston, Texas, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The University
of Texas at Austin.
Sabine Pearlman was born and raised in Austria. She moved to the US in 2004, and today lives and
works in Los Angeles. As a photographer, she strives to create a poetry of images by synergizing the "big
picture" with the small details. Educated at Pratt Institute, Otis College of Art and Design and Santa
Monica College, Sabine's work has been exhibited at numerous galleries nationally and internationally.


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