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Sanford Biggers, BAM (For Michael), 2016, bronze with black patina, plinth, 61 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/2". From the series “BAM,” 2015–.

Sanford Biggers

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Sanford Biggers, BAM (For Michael), 2016, bronze with black patina, plinth, 61 × 10 1/2 × 10 1/2". From the series “BAM,” 2015–.

Sanford Biggers’s video BAM (For Michael), 2015, ostensibly documents a series of mediations to a new series of bronze figurines based on colorful wooden statuettes that the artist originally purchased from street vendors in Harlem. The figures were dipped in wax, shot repeatedly with a rifle and a shotgun, and then cast in bronze and given a black patina. The video captures the bullets hitting a male figurine, sending shards of wood flying into the air. Shot in the leg, the figure inevitably falls over. Each crack of the gun elicits a cut—shot for shot, as it were—and a shift in perspective: from close-ups of arms, legs, or head, to pulled-back views of the full body. Sometimes the sounds are edited so as to interrupt one another, literally rapid-fire; at other points, the audio is slowed down, with the video correspondingly decelerating to capture the bullets’ destructive

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