Pulse Nightclub: 49 Elegies
June 1-30, 2018
In the weeks and months following the Pulse Nightclub shooting, John Gutoskey made a monoprint for each of the 49 victims. As individual as the people they commemorate, these images are visually rich and emotionally complex tributes.
But the monoprints do not represent the victims in a literal way. Rather, the suite of prints is also a work of art as a whole, the separate sheets like the lines of a poem. Together they evoke the three parts of the traditional elegy: lament for loss, praise of the dead, and solace for the living.
For the artist and, one hopes, for the viewer, John Gutoskey’s 49 Elegies offer a path to grieving the senseless violence that plagues our culture; a celebration of the precious lives that were taken on June 12, 2016; and assurance that beauty still pervades our world.