2017 Year-at-a-Glance: 214 Dead Black Men
Two-Dimensional Wall Art > Prints (Other)
38.5 x 26.5 x 0.88
By the time 2017 rolled around, the police in the United States were routinely killing around 1,000 people annually. A disproportionate number of those killed by the police were Black men. My artwork in The de Young Open, “2017 Year-at-a-Glance: 214 Dead Black Men” is a new take on all the numbers we see and hear. Each bullet = one Black man killed by the police. When facing the annual wall calendar, you see on more days than not a Black man was killed. Many days show multiple police murders. When all of the deaths are rendered in this manner and considered together, the resulting work is abstract, reminiscent of both hieroglyphics and binary code. My work puts forward an artistic rendering of the data. My goal is to help society see the pervasive use of deadly force by the police and put a stop to it.