I have been thinking about making this work for about four years. It is one of the most involved projects I have ever done.
Essentially, the Rapture is a moment when God calls all of the faithful to him in the sky. The response is bodily, that is people will be snatched out of their clothes in an instant and go off to join Jesus in Paradise. There will be piles of clothing on the street. Planes and cars will crash because their pilots and drivers have disappeared. The saved will go on to glory - the sinners will be left behind in a world of tribulation and in the absence of the faithful.
Being who I am, I am not going to be raptured according to this cosmology. It is a world view that depends on the sinner in order to create the saved. This is nothing new: you need "blacks" to create whiteness; you need the East to create the West: you need sinners to have the saved. You need the other to understand the self. And the other is always the repository for the obscene desire of the self. You have to punish the other for what you want.
So what does rapture look like? How does it feel to be carried away? Is Ted Haggard going to heaven? If so, then what about Mike Jones?
The prints are named after those who have gone on to glory in the presence of the sinners that helped them get there.
Artist Bio / CV
Born 1963, Cleveland, Ohio
Lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts
Summer 2002 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
1999 – 2001 Massachusetts College of Art, Master of Fine Arts 1993 – 1997 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts - Bachelor of Fine Arts
1980 – 1984 Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts - Bachelor of Science
2007 Art Matters Foundation Award
Juried Exhibitions - * denotes solo exhibition
Group Exhibition Gallery Piao Piao, Beijing, China
May 9 - July 26, 2008 ambivalent figuration; people
Samson Projects, Boston, MA
April 4 - April 28, 2008 Rapture - New Work by Steve Locke*,Hall Street Gallery,Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
August 27 - October 4, 2007 No Ego: New Paintings by Steve Locke* Montserrat College of Art Leonie Bradbury, Curator
March 14, 2007 - April 20, 2007,Visual Dialogue Clark University, Elli Crocker, Curator
February 21 – March 29, 2007 mo(u)rning* Emmanuel College, Boston, MA
October 5 – October 29, 2006, Youshi Li + Steve Locke*
RHYS Gallery, Boston, MA
September 9 – October 30, 2005 Circumference*Mills Project Space-Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, Director/Curator: Laura Donaldson
February 26 – April 2, 2005 when you’re a boy…* Artists Foundation Main Gallery, Boston, MA, Director/Curator: Kathleen Bitetti
January 20 – February 10, 2005 New Paintings/New Drawings* Framingham State College, Framingham, MA
March 20 – May 20, 2004 superSalon Samson Projects, Boston, MA Curator: Camilo Alvarez
January 16 – March 7, 2004 The 18th Drawing Show,Boston Center for the Arts – Mills Gallery, Boston, MA Juror: Ralphaela Paltow, Curator, Rose Art Museum