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Steve Locke

#Killers

2017–present

Kenneth Gleason (boy scout), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Kenneth Gleason (boy scout), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Sean Urbanski (Facebook), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Sean Urbanski (Facebook), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm

Sean Urbanski (Facebook), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Sean Urbanski (Facebook), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm

Officer Brian Encinia (hearing), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Officer Brian Encinia (hearing), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Officer Jeronimo Yanez (mug shot), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Officer Jeronimo Yanez (mug shot), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Officer Timothy Loehmann (fishing), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Officer Timothy Loehmann (fishing), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Officer Darren Wilson (interview-no chyron), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Officer Darren Wilson (interview-no chyron), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Officer Darren Wilson (hospital), 2017, Graphite on Stonehenge paper

Officer Darren Wilson (hospital), 2017

Graphite on Stonehenge paper

22 x 30 in (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Description

Steve Locke's series #Killers (2017–present) recreates widely circulated images of individuals who have killed Black people, skillfully illustrating their portraits while leaving the rest of the scenes white. These chilling portraits push beyond what Locke describes as “The usual impulse … to memorialize a victim” and instead “[directs] the viewer to the source of this kind of violence against black people … these men and the inchoate, and unnameable whiteness that creates and supports them. … They are killers adrift in the lie of whiteness.”