The Great Trash Wave (after Hokusai)
  It seems at times we are a population utterly terrified of itself.    The work here investigates our fear from different perspectives through several bodies of work: a series of bright, unsettling shooting range targets; a day in the life of a classic American criminal; quiet studies on the militarization of our local police; and a darkly funny take on the anxiety and anonymity of crowds.    Drawn in a comic book style on hand-dyed paper,  Background Check  asks what the “Thug” from the classic police target does with his time when he’s not shooting at cops.   Later developed as a run of screenprints,  these thick-chested, high-waisted thugs are a funny reminder not to lose sight of a villain’s humanity.    Initially inspired by Trayvon Martin’s death, the targets are a response to the reactionaries and the lunatics among us.    While most shooting range targets feature fearsome enemies pointing guns and holding hostages, White’s targets are quite the opposite: terror-struck victims cowering for their lives.    The work reminds us of both recent tragedies and everyday violence and questions our comfort with wrath.
 Illustration for musician John Marble