Nancy Floyd
Press Release

She's Got a Gun

March 7 to April 12, 2008
Opening reception: Friday, March 7, 2008, 6 to 8pm

Artist's talk and book signing: Saturday March 8, 11amSolomon Projects is pleased to announce the exhibition She's Got a Gun, color photography by Atlanta-based artist Nancy Floyd. The exhibition will comprise approximately twenty photographs from this series that has been ongoing since 1993. This is the first time that the photographs have been shown in a comprehensive exhibition. Coinciding with the exhibition is the release of Floyd's book of the same title published by Temple University Press. Her book is the first to combine personal story telling with a visual history of women and guns in America, 1850 to the present. The exhibition will be on view March 7th-April 12th, 2008. An opening reception for the artist will take place Friday, March 7th from 6-8pm. On Saturday March 8th at 11am, Nancy will give a talk about her work, followed by a book signing.

The photographic series She's Got a Gun comprises powerful, compelling images of her research on the topic of women and guns in three specific areas: pleasure, power and profession. Images of women in the military, Olympic event shooters, police women, women who own for purposes of self defense and many others are included in the exhibition. Floyd, raised in League City, Texas, grew up in a popular culture ripe with associations with guns: cowboy and Indian games, plastic pistols full of candy and watching Gunsmoke on television with her family. She purchased her first gun in 1991, right after Desert Storm, largely as a way to connect with her brother who had wanted to be a gunsmith. He died in Vietnam when she was 12. Initially, Nancy was afraid of the gun, but over time she began attending Ladies Night at the local shooting range and befriending other women who shared her interest. The exhibition of photographs shown explore fifteen years of her experience in the gun world.

Nancy Floyd holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, an MA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL, and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries and institutions around the country including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2002), Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. (2001), White Columns, New York, NY (2000), the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA (1996), Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Houston, TX (1994), and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, CA (1993).

In 2004, her video Weathering Time was shown in a group exhibition at Solomon Projects. This is her first solo exhibition at Solomon Projects.
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