Title: He Still Thinks He's Right, from the portfolio Soul Erased
Lithograph, screenprint, embossing, and hand-work on paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 30 × 20 inches (76.2 × 50.8 cm);
Frame: 35 1/8 × 27 5/8 inches (89.2 × 70.2 cm)
Acquired through the David M. Solinger, Class of 1926, Endowment
Object Number: 2016.053 e
Joyce J. Scott’s series narrates the harrowing tale of a youth driven by unknown circumstances to commit violent crimes. Unable to free himself from this cycle despite interventions from angels, he winds up in a place where, as Scott enigmatically says, “there is no future.” The series begins with a T-shirt clad boy beneath a canopy of flowers. As he transforms into a gun- wielding black skeleton, the eyes of the community are upon him, and even the blood-red angel’s attempt to save him appears futile. The final, eponymous print of Soul Erased shows the original figure suspended upside-down on a nearly empty background, suggesting final retribution but also, as the artist argues, rebirth. ("All for One and One for All: Portfolios from the Permanent Collection," co-curated by Andrea Inselmann and Sonja Gandert and presented at the Johnson Museum June 24-August 20, 2017)
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