Bullet Hole, Tribute To Robert Longo

I first saw the momumental graphite and charcoal images by Robert Longo in the exhibit entitled Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo at the Brooklyn Museum in 2017.

A bio about this New York based artist describes him as an…artist best known for his detailed photorealistic drawings of jumping figures, sharks, tigers, and guns. Drawn in charcoal, graphite, and ink, his monochrome series Men in the City renders businessmen and women in a state of suspended animation, and brought the artist critical acclaim in the early 1980s.

For me, it was his 2015 piece: Untitled (Bullet Hole in Window, January 7, 2015) that depicts the splintered glass door of the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that jumped off the gallery wall.

So, when what appeared to be a bullet hole in a glass brick building facade in downtown Orlando leaped out in front of me, I knew I had to photograph that bullet hole.

I also recently discovered tow of Longo’s figurative pieces on view at the Orlando Museum of Art,

Here’s my bullet hole, and his, side by side!

Mine, 2020

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