David Wesley White

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Untitled (Pulse), 2019

On June 12, 2016, a man entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Florida with a semi-automatic rifle and a hand gun and killed 49 people. A majority of the victims were gay, ninety percent being Latinx. The attack lasted more than three hours, climaxing when law enforcement detonated five holes in the cinder block wall of the bathroom to help hostages escape. The careful recreation of the five holes in a fence is meant to illustrate the widespread impact of orchestrated violence and homophobia—how the trauma was born out of, and can reverberate back to domestic spaces; how the barriers we create can be too weak or too strong.

Materials

LED recessed lights, ink on paper, extension cords, vintage male mannequin, leather harness, ForgeOne Advanced Ballistic Protection personal body armor vest, Husky vehicle tow strap, Sika Pro Select Fence Post Backfill, Redwood Lattice Top Fence PanelBehr Paint in Night Club (N500-7), cream-colored wool rescue blanket, two Cedar Waxwings, Red-winged Black Bird, Blue Bird, House Finch, Turquoise Grass Parakeet, European Starling (Birds on loan from Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration at UCSB)