Painting and Drawing: Archive
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus
Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Steve Locke draws inspiration from Robert Smithson's famous line, "A great artist can create art by casting a glance. A set of glances can be as solid as any thing or any place." The quotation serves as the basis for a series of drawings titled "for Smithson"—100 drawings of male faces casting glances—as well as a larger thematic interest in his work. Locke exclusively draws or paints portraits of men, which he sometimes assembles into mixed-media sculptures or installations. In spite of the specificity of his subject matter, Locke produces expansive bodies of work. Like "for Smithson", the series "Tongue and Companions" presents multiple variations of a face sticking its tongue out. Locke’s works sometimes carry a subtle sexual reference, as in the case of "Circumference"—a grid of 99 self-portraits fitted into circles that Locke traced from a cockring.
Steve Locke was born 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently lives and works in Boston, MA. Recent exhibitions include you don't deserve me at Samsøn, Boston, MA, and Companions at Mendes Wood, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Locke has an upcoming solo exhibition at the ICA Boston in July 2013.