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Steve Locke
updated: 10/21/2008
website: www.stevelocke.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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the twins
the coach
the carny
the delivery man
the hippie
the counselor
the beachcomber
the metrosexual
the team captain
the constable
the evangelist
the family man
the jogger
Rapture Box
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, erotic, figurative, social criticism, political
 
 
the twins by Steve Locke
the twins
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the coach by Steve Locke
the coach
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the carny by Steve Locke
the carny
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the delivery man by Steve Locke
the delivery man
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the hippie by Steve Locke
the hippie
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the counselor by Steve Locke
the counselor
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the beachcomber by Steve Locke
the beachcomber
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the metrosexual by Steve Locke
the metrosexual
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the team captain by Steve Locke
the team captain
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the constable by Steve Locke
the constable
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the evangelist by Steve Locke
the evangelist
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the family man by Steve Locke
the family man
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
the jogger by Steve Locke
the jogger
lithograph: from the RAPTURE portfolio
Spring 2008
22" x  30" 
Rapture Box by Steve Locke
Rapture Box
Silkscreen on archival cardboard
Sprint 2008
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement
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

Education
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

Awards
2007    Art Matters Foundation Award

Juried Exhibitions - * denotes solo exhibition
July 2008
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