Tim Rollins & K.O.S.
Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2012
india ink and graphite on book page
12 x 12 inches
30.5 x 30.5 cm
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This work takes its title from the famed 1952 novel by Ralph Ellison best known for addressing social and intellectual issues facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century. The work was made in remembrance of K.O.S. member Christopher Hernandez, who was shot and murdered at the age of 14. The “IM” was pulled from a headline on the story reading “MURDER VICTIM.” The collective appropriated and isolated this "IM" symbol to link the tragedy and the notion of being a victim with Ellison’s novel. Graphically, the work also shares an affinity with the "I AM A MAN" posters carried by workers in the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike.