Hew Locke’s glass piece “Mummy’s Little Soldier” is included in the exhibition entitled Glasstress, which opens on January 31, and will be on view through July 2, 2017, at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida.
Hew Locke writes: Since 2009 on the island of Murano in Venice, Fondazione Berengo has invited artists from around the world who do not typically work in glass to create new works in Berengo Studio, working alongside the historic furnaces master glassmakers. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is proud to present 42 works by 33 artists living or working in 23 countries. In my piece, the fragility of the glass suggests the fragility of real-life child soldiers. Venice is full of images of ‘Blackamoors’, from Renaissance and Medieval carvings on tombs, to the kitsch carvings and glass figurines of today’s window displays.
Description (Boca Raton Museum of Art): Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change.
For more information, see https://www.bocamuseum.org/exhibitions/glasstress-boca-raton?gclid=CPuH5POizdECFZCCswodxd0EBw