Hales Gallery is pleased to annonce that Hew Locke's work Hemmed in Two (2000) is currently on show in the Overview Galleries of the Pérez Art Musuem Miami as part of the 'Routes of Influence' exhibition. These galleries form a conceptual spine running through the building, continually placing collection works in visual dialogue with the exhibitions and projects presented in the museum’s additional galleries.
Cardboard is worldwide the standard shipping material for all types of goods, and the 'drawn' elements (Locke describes the cut-outs as "drawing with a knife") reference this. Words such as 'Export' , 'Fragile', or barcodes, or symbols signifying 'This Way Up'. During the time he was creating this work, Locke made a research trip to the Tate Gallery storage facility and became fascinated by the physical packaging, and the international shipping and movement of artworks amongst museums.
At once shambolic and magnificent, with references to Rococo, Medieval and Islamic architecture. It's form is reminiscent of wrecks and rotting hulks, and steam engines – not just of paddle steamers - but of victorian fairground rides. The fretwork references wooden colonial architecture, with the woven aspect and latticework specifically relating to the 'bottom house' of Guyanese architecture. The cut-outs echo the 1970's concrete breeze blocks common in Miami and the wider Caribbean.