“Internal Ballistics” explores the discomfiting beauty of morally fraught objects: bullets. In the current climate of the gun debate, what often gets lost is the cause of the destruction. This exhibition expands our understanding of the visceral and physical collision between what we know and understand about guns and gun culture, and what many know as a result of being on the end of the projectile.

In Deborah Bay’s series “The Big Bang,” examining power, violence and energy, Bay isolates the casings and looks through the lens of impact patterns, remaining detached from the human meaning of projectiles and able to contemplate a willful ignorance of violence.

“Ammo,” by Sabine Pearlman, takes the analytical approach, compelling the viewer to admire the craftsmanship and intact delicacy of objects whose raison d’être is obliteration. Her documentation of bisected live rounds exposes the intense thought and detail used to cause destruction of life.

Garrett Hansen’s “Hail” lives in between object and impact. Each image is created from individual bullet holes. Shooting a gun is an individual act, and taking these impacts from shooting range to darkroom, the destruction is transformed into haunting beauty. Living in the void, these objects balance destruction with creation.

Artist Bios

  • Deborah Bay

    Deborah Bay specializes in tabletop and constructed photography, creating enigmatic in-camera images as well as digital composites. 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 as well as a variety of international publications, including PM Magazin and Welt der Wunder (Germany), BBC Focus and MailOnline (UK), and (USA). She lives in Houston, Texas, and holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

  • Garrett Hansen

    Garrett Hansen graduated from Grinnell College as an economics and political science major. He completed his MFA in photography at Indiana University and has taught at several universities in the United States and in Asia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kentucky. Hansen has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Indonesia, and Japan.

  • Sabine Pearlman

    Sabine Pearlman was born and raised in Austria. She moved to the US in 2004, and today lives and works in Los Angeles. 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 and is held in both public and private collections.


  • wall space collective

    wall space collective

    wall space focuses on emerging and mid career artists expanding the ideas, concepts and boundaries of creative photography. Our represented artists are craftsman, using photography as an integral part of their work, layering emotional stories with techniques and processes that enhance the visual experience. Since 2005, the gallery has gained an international reputation for finding and showcasing new artists and exposing new ideas.

    Developing new methods to connect collectors and artists, wall space formatted a series of special collectors events, pop up exhibitions and other collaborative events with creatives across the country. In addition to our special event and exhibition schedule, we maintain a series of artist lectures, studio and community events.

    wall space participates in art fairs around the country, as well as maintaining offices for client meetings. As an internationally known gallery, we work with clients all over the world and represent national and international artists.

Internal Ballistics

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Deborah Bay Garrett Hansen Sabine Pearlman

Curated by: Crista Dix

Presented by: wall space collective
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