Hew Locke: Starchitect

5 Feb 2011 – 2 Apr 2011

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Hew Locke: Starchitect


ArtSway is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Arts University College at Bournemouth, an ambitious new work by internationally renowned artist Hew Locke. Locke is currently short-listed for the Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square, London. Locke's new commission will be constructed from cut sheets of plywood and installed at ArtSway, transforming the main gallery space and encroaching into the two side galleries. This structure references Locke's 2002 installation Cardboard Palace and is intended to be similar to a shrine, a space akin to a grotto where fantastical items are displayed, waiting to be discovered. It will feature many new works, including old share certificates, painted over and manipulated by the artist and objects produced by Locke, such as guns, swords, dolls, and pieces of costume. Locke likens this new structure to a rambling, dream-like space that ‘takes your mind on a journey'. In recent years Hew Locke has based his work around ideas and images of Britishness as seen in a global context. Locke explores global cultural fusions, creating complex sculptural collages with an eclectic range of objects, including mass produced toys, souvenirs and consumer detritus. Locke's personal history — he spent the first seven years of his life in Edinburgh before moving to the newly independent Guyana and later returning to London in the 1980s — feeds into his ongoing interest in the links between personal and national identity. Are We There Yet? - an exhibition of drawings, cut-outs and collages by Hew Locke, will be exhibited at the Gallery, the Arts University College at Bournemouth from 14 March — 29 April 2011. www.aucb.ac.uk A new publication of work by Hew Locke — featuring his work form 2005 to the present — will be launched at the Gallery, the Arts University College at Bournemouth on Thursday 17 March 2011. This publication will be 100 pages, full-colour and will include an essay by Jens Hoffmann. Hew Locke Biography Hew Locke was born in Edinburgh in 1959. He studied for a BA Fine Art at Falmouth, and an MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London, exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include The Kingdom of the Blind, InIVA, London, 2008; How do you want me?, Hales Gallery, London, 2008; Restoration (a commission for Spike island, Bristol), 2006; Hemmed in Two, New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2005 and V&A, London, 2000. Recent group exhibitions include: Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London, 2009; Thessalonica Biennale, 2009; San Juan Triennale, Puerto Rico, 2009; The Guangzhou Triennial, 2008; Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, NY and British Art Show 6, BALTIC and other UK venues, 2005/6. Hew Locke is currently shortlisted for London's Fourth Plinth Hew Locke is represented by Hales Gallery Hew Locke's exhibition at ArtSway will be accompanied by a book of new work, supported by the text+work programme at the Arts University College at Bournemouth. For press images, interviews, and further information, please contact Jack Lewis on +44 (0)1590 682260 (ext.6) or email: jack.lewis@artsway.org.uk

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