Hew Locke in “Structures of Recollection—Contemporary Approaches to Materials and Memory”

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Structures of Recollection: Contemporary Approaches to Materials and Memory” is a group exhibition curated by Paul Moorhouse, on view at Pearl Lam Galleries until Thursday, April 28, 2016. Pearl Lam Galleries are located at 12 Pedder Street Central, 6/F, Pedder Building in Hong Kong, China. This group show that features works by six leading contemporary artists: Chun Kwang Young, Leonardo Drew, Dale Frank, Hew Locke, Qiu Deshu, and Yinka Shonibare MBE. [Hew Locke is an Anglo-Guyanese artist featured previously in Art Exhibition: Hew Locke’s “The Wine Dark Sea”.] The title and theme of “Structures of Recollection” refers to Marcel Proust’s monumental novel In Search of Lost Time, published between 1913 and 1927. Here are excerpts from Pearl Lam Galleries:

Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century Curator at the National Portrait Gallery London, takes from In Search of Lost Time the Proustian theme that the physical world, its inhabitants, and all experience are fugitive: everything that exists comes into being, endures, and then disappears from the flux of reality. Structures of Recollection focuses on the notion that the material fabric of the world and the objects within it act as triggers for memory, a concern that is shared by each of the six leading contemporary artists who feature in this exhibition.

Each artist engages with the associative and expressive qualities of their chosen media. [. . .]

The work of Yinka Shonibare MBE and Hew Locke demonstrate a shared sensitivity to the evocative power of manufactured materials and objects. By incorporating into his works batik fabric—a material that originated in Southeast Asia before being sold by the Dutch to their African colonies—Shonibare uses these historical associations to explore the way identity and nationality are constructed from personal memory and collective experience of the past. Collage and assemblage are also characteristic of Locke’s wide-ranging practice. He incorporates found objects, such as toys and cheap jewellery, and combines them with certificates and photographs in order to examine issues of power and identity, as well as the way that memory is connected with these constructed concepts. [. . .]

About the Artists
[. . .]
Hew Locke (b. 1959, Edinburgh, UK) spent his formative years (1966–80) in Guyana before returning to the UK for study. He completed his BA at Falmouth School of Art, UK in 1988 and graduated with an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 1994. The artist is currently based in London. Successfully merging influences from both Guyanese and British cultures, Locke delves deeply into the history behind the subject matters and objects involved in his works. Unifying this knowledge with his creative vision, he creates pieces that stand at a crossroads of cultures, mediums, and historic references.

Locke’s works have been included in The Folkestone Triennial (2011), the 54th and 55th Venice Biennales (2011, 2013), Deptford X (2012, participating artist curator), and Prospect New Orleans Contemporary Art Biennial, New Orleans, LA, USA (2014). Selected shows include at the National Portrait Gallery, London; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Fondation Clément, Martinique; the Bell House, Prague; Kunsthal KAdE, the Netherlands; Tate Britain, London; V&A Museum, London; the New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; Rivington Place, London; the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; the British Museum, London; the New Art Exchange, Nottingham; the Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles; the New York Museum of Art and Design, New York; Atlanta Contemporary Arts, Atlanta; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and Perez Art Museum Miami, FL, USA. In 2010, Locke’s work, Sikandar, was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London. [. . .]

For full description and more information, see http://www.artnet.com/galleries/pearl-lam-galleries/structures-of-recollection-contemporary-approaches-to/

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