Artist Talk: Hew Locke


British-Guyanese artist Hew Locke presents on his career and present exhibition “Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing” on Friday, September 13, 2019, at 6:00pm at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, located on 4420 Warwick Boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri. “Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing” will be on view from today until July 19, 2020.

Description: Artist Hew Locke presents on major themes throughout his career and works in the exhibition, Hew Locke: Here’s the Thing. [5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. program.]

Hew Locke (born 1959, Edinburgh, UK; lives and works in London) explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, how different cultures fashion their identities through visual symbols of authority, and how these representations are altered by the passage of time. These explorations have led Locke to a wide range of subject matters, imagery, and media, assembling sources across time and space in his deeply layered artworks.

Across his work, Locke’s ability to fuse existing material and historic sources with his own political or cultural concerns, whether via visual juxtapositions or through the re-working of a pre-existing object or photograph, leads to witty and innovative amalgamations of history and modernity. This layering of time is accompanied by a unique merging of influences from the artist’s native Guyana and London, where Locke now lives and works, leading to richly textured, visually vibrant pieces that stand on a crossroad of histories, cultures, and media.


For more information, see [Photo above by Stuart Whipps.]

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