past exhibitions
Matthew Wead: Shooting Targets
1.16.10 – 4.18.10


Matthew Wead’s Shooting Targets capture the feeling one gets when faced with one’s own mortality. Each print is based on real individuals that had been killed by police officers and who were later exonerated. The woodcuts examine the perspective of the civilian during confrontation with the police, which often escalates due to their fear of each other. The artist used himself as the model, recalling the fear from his own confrontation with police. He posed for the camera in an attempt to capture the emotion of what the victim looked like at the exact moment the gun was fired.
Sean Bell


Matthew Wead
American, b. 1984
Sean Bell
woodcut on paper, 2009
36 x 24 inches
Gift of the artist, 2009.100

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