Primary Projects / Crooks & Castles presents “Asif’s Guns”, a pop-up installation, showcasing more than 300 firearms handcrafted from cardboard by Asif Farooq. Curated to simulate an authentic gun store at a 400-square-foot retail space in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, Asif’s Guns will be loaded with replicas that range from traditional snub-nosed revolvers to M16 assault rifles.

This installation will serve as a sweeping survey of contemporary weapons by the Miami-born artist, who is meticulously faithful to reproducing the size, shape and individual components of each gun model, using found cardboard boxes, an x-acto knife and glue. Asif’s Guns is a romantic testament envisioned through the eyes of a predisposed artist raised in a gun-friendly environment, and delivered to the senses of a gun-obsessed America. Farooq challenges viewers to become aware of their instinctive reactions and principles as it relates to gun culture and the place of art, toys and iconography in probing controversial questions about communal and personal values. Farooq’s own response, “My guns are a confessional: if a gift doesn’t hurt to give, then it isn’t much of a gift at all,” references how these objects of destruction are fashioned as private portraits of the artist’s fallen brother.

BooksIIII Bischof, founder and curator of Primary Projects, explains, “Asif Farooq exceeds the Webster’s definition of artist. With or without the viewer, with or without the gallery, he will always make guns and he will always absorb everything pertaining to projectile weaponry. I have learned that for Farooq, it all breaks down to the two simple concepts of love and respect – something that a mass majority of our gun-toting society will never be able to ascertain as a unified concept. Mainly because he builds while they destroy.”

Opening Reception – Sat, Dec. 8, 2012 | 6pm – 12pm | Store Hours Dec. 3 – 9 | 10 AM – 7 PM | 167 NW 25th St., Wynwood Arts District, FL 33127

More About Primary Projects

Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has brought together more than 150 of the world’s most influential artists to install their bodies of work live in the streets of Wynwood Arts District, the Design District and greater Miami-Dade. Launching Primary Projects in December 2010, the offshoot gallery was conceived as a multidisciplinary space that explores various forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists. The creative forces behind Primary Projects utilize an extensive and wholly specific experience in producing curatorial endeavors, and unite the commercial and critical efforts of artists, curators, professionals and patrons. The result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold sensibility.

More About Crooks & Castles

We at Crooks & Castles have always rooted for the villain whether it be in a movie, a comic book, a novel, a rap song or every- day life. Growing up in Los Angeles during the 80’s and 90’s we became a part of this villainous lifestyle. Gangs were everywhere-the hood, the city, even middle suburbia. Most had no choice but to adapt to the environment. Some were able to escape or even channel what they’ve learned on the street into something lucrative. What caught our attention in the mid 90’s was independent fashion/graphic brands.

After years of learning the in’s and out’s of the business by starting a brand without knowledge of how to start or run a clothing company, we’ve finally come to this…”Crooks & Castles”! The concept was easy. “Crooks”, criminals, pimps, hustlers, thieves, etc. And “Castles” those who got rich by becoming a crook. From the robber barons of the early times like the Vanderbilts, the Rockerfellers, the Carnegies, to the modern day billionaires-Bill Gates & Microsoft. Those who stopped at nothing to get their “Castle”. We too hope one day to be the next rich crook.

Asif’s Guns x Primary Projects x Crooks & Castles | Raising funds for “Stop Handgun Violence”

Asif Farooq, Primary Projects and Crooks and Castles would like to ask you to donate to a great organization called Stop Handgun Violence. Stop Handgun Violence is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 by a group of businesspeople moved by the increasing number of gun deaths and injuries in America. SHV works effectively to prevent firearm violence through public awareness and sensible legislation – without banning guns. In Massachusetts, we’re making a real difference. Since 1994, we have passed the most comprehensive gun laws in the nation and have reduced gun injuries by 50%, gun homicide by 56% and gun accidents by 58%. Our gun violence prevention efforts are a model for the nation.

Since 1995, Stop Handgun Violence has increased public awareness about the epidemic of gun violence. SHV developed several effective media and public education campaigns, the centerpiece of of which is America’s largest billboard. SHV’s message appears on 1,000 billboards around the country. In addition, SHV distributed over 30,000 trigger locks to gun owners across the country, and work to establish gun violence prevention curriculum in schools across the state.

Stop Handgun Violence promotes state and federal legislation requiring responsibility and accountability on the part of gun owners, dealers and manufacturers. SHV was the lead advocate for the Gun Control Act of 1998 (Chapter 180), the most comprehensive gun violence prevention law in the country. This common-sense law mandates safe storage, manufacturing standards, strict gun dealer regulations, safety training requirements, and effective licensing procedures. SHV continues to support legislation that keeps guns out of the hands of children and criminals.

Thanks to the determination of Stop Handgun Violence, law enforcement officials, concerned citizens, community groups and others, real progress has been made in preventing gun violence. In 1995, gun violence claimed 15 children a day in America. This figure now stands at 10 — still 10 lives too many. SHV needs your help to end the epidemic of gun violence.