Image rights: © Steve Locke, courtesy of Samsøn, Boston, MA
About Steve Locke
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.
American, b. 1963