Perhaps the most captivating work in the exhibition is the 10-foot-tall Garveyite Celestials (2015), the largest Pruitt has conceived to date. The image shows a seated man and woman snuggling affectionately with a rifle leaning between them. The man’s casual grip on the gun does nothing to undermine the couple’s sense of intimacy.
In several other drawings here, like Archangel (2015), Pruitt has removed human figures in favor of symbols referencing such events as the death of Eric Garner. According to Pruitt, the work is a kind of “floating altar.”