Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes

Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes create art that combines pop culture and anti-war messages. The work of the Chicago-based artists views warfare in purely economic terms.

In a recent interview, Burtonwood explained that brands such as AK-47 are on a par with Coca Cola and Nike and that war is just another function of the market. This, the artists argue, creates a demand for war, to keep up with supply. Another element in Burtonwood and Holmes' art is 'recycling visual culture'. Junk mail, then, is an ideal material to work with.

Four bombs made out of junk mail hanging from a ceiling in a gallery, by Burtonwood and Holmes.
Price war
A one-dimensional tank made out of junk mail, displayed on a public wall.
Reuse project
A three-dimensional, life-sized tank made out of junk mail.
Product placement (1)
Another three-dimensional, life-sized tank made out of junk mail.
Product placement (2)
An image of a tank against a background of junk mail leaflets.
M1A2 Abrams MBT
An image of a war plane against a background of junk mail leaflets.
A-10 Thunderbolt

Many thanks to the artists for giving me permission to show some of their art on this page.