Hales is excited to announce the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has acquired Hew Locke's 2013 work, Mosquito Hall. Mosquito Hall will be included in the upcoming exhibtion Spirit of the Land, opening on 16 February 2023 at the Nasher Museum of Art, organised by Trevor Schoonmaker, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans.
Locke 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.
November 18, 2022