Hew Locke | A Hole in the Sea | Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

May 12, 2016

Hales Gallery is delighted to announce Hew Locke's participation in the exhibition 'A Hole in the Sea' at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart. The exhibition runs from 21 May to 21 August 2016.


The title of the exhibition pays homage to an intervention by the British conceptual artist Barry Flanagan, who in 1969 made a hole in the sea for Gerry Schum’s "Fernsehgalerie" (TV Gallery). At low tide, he installed a Plexiglas cylinder in a tidal mud flat, which he then filmed from above as the tide came in. For a brief instant a hole in the sea emerged—before disappearing again in the swirling torrent of water.

Taking as a point of departure this volatile, paradoxical image—with the formal permeation of two highly elusive things like a hole and the sea, both of which represent a certain negativity, the end of something, a boundary—the exhibition is devoted to inconceivability and apparent controllability, poetics and (geo)politics of space related to sea, land, and air.


The exhibition seeks out these counter-sites—the paradoxical and discontinuous spaces of holes, seas, or ships—as imaginary, utopian, political, and anarchistic sites countering the existing geopolitical spatial order. Vital here is the invention of new maps that follow the unpredictable routes of pirate ships.

Besides artistic works from the 1960s till today, the exhibition also shows a series of historical objects from the fields of art, science, and popular culture.




Hew Locke

A Hole in the Sea 

Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Schlossplatz 2
DE 70173 Stuttgart


21 May - August 21 2016


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