Hew Locke Here's The Thing
Exhibition catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition Hew Locke: Here's the Thing
Co-published by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; and Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine.
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
120 Color Pages
Forward written by Jonathan Watkins
Essays by Richard Drayton and Diana Tuite
This is the most comprehensive exhibition to date of work by Hew Locke. Since his emergence as an artist in the 1980s, he has been remarkably consistent in his preoccupation with the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, and the symbols through which different cultures assume and assert identity. He appropriates coates-of-arms and trophies, weaponry, naval warships and the costumes and regalia of state in a subtle critique of governmental authority, its iconographies and legacies. His ability to fuse historical sources with his own political concerns, either through juxtaposition or the modification of existing artefacts, leads to smart merging of influences from Guyana and the UK - Locke is now based in London so that the aesthetic result is richly textured, compelling both in terms of visual impact and intrigue.