For the last several years Margaret Roleke has been dedicated to gun control and donated a percentage of her sales to this cause while creating works that bring this issue into the light. 10 Limited edition silkscreen prints of Margaret Roleke’s No NRA were gifted to The Ely Center of Contemporary Art. The proceeds of the prints sold will be divided between the ECOCA and one of Roleke’s chosen gun control causes.
No NRA, 2018, silkscreen
edition of 20, 15” x 22”
Innocence and Destruction
Curated by Nicole Hooks
Destruction and Innocence is an online exhibition showcasing the work of Margaret Roleke. Roleke’s art voice illustrates the impact of gun violence by depicting the contradictions and relationships that develop when pop culture combines with war. The combination of works exhibited is designed to spark discussion into gun control and the role it plays within society, politics, and culture.
Roleke’s work explores sensationalism, consumerism, and the wild contradictions and relationships that develop when popular culture mixes with war and religion.
Numerous small toys are utilized in the conversation, which allows these serious issues of consumption, consumerism, war, violence, and extremism to be presented in perhaps a more playful manner. Actual bullet casings and brass transform to form jewel-like abstractions. Multitudes of toys are painted in a monochromatic palette, which in turn allows them to be visually read like a minimalist painting.
For the last several years Margaret Roleke has been dedicated to gun control, donating a percentage of her sales to this cause while creating works that bring this issue to greater attention. The current political climate and Trump presidency has further expanded her role as an activist artist.