“Targeting for a safer America” is the slogan of Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a business based in Minnesota that supplies training targets of all kinds, including those of the Type A collective. These two artists like to test the limits of what is “artistically correct.” The various alarming scenarios that the Type A collective has concocted - from armed hold-ups to zombie attacks - catalogue the risks and fears, both real and fictional, of contemporary America. Law Enforcement Targets, Inc. has played a crucial role in the conception of the series, since they determine the production and distribution of the photographs: the criteria for selection are the wishes of their customers, cultural relevance, and realism (the height of the figures, the choice of weapon, etc.). With 400,000 Type A targets sold so far, the collective pursues its socio-artistic project by investigating not just the American culture of fear, but also who makes art.
Depuis 1998, Adam Ames (1969, New York) et Andrew Bordwin (1964, Framingham) forment le collectif Type A. Basés à New York, ils s’intéressent aussi bien à la photographie qu’à la vidéo, la performance ou encore la sculpture. Les deux artistes participent à de nombreuses expositions personnelles et collectives à l’Aldrich Museum Of Contemporary Art, au Centrum Beeldende Kunst de Rotterdam et à la Sara Meltzer Gallery notamment. Certaine de leurs œuvres font désormais partie des collections de l’Indianapolis Museum of Art et de l’Addison Gallery of American Art, entre autres.