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
       
     
 All styles are screenprinted by hand in my Minneapolis studio and are available for purchase in my  Shop .