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Hew Locke | Stranger in Paradise

Book relating to an individual, 2011
Published by: Black Dog Publishing
Year published: 2011
Number of pages: 157
ISBN: 978 1 907317 38 5

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Hew Locke: Stranger in Paradise is a substantial monograph of similar proportions to Locke’s earlier monograph published by New Art Gallery Walsall.  Hew Locke: Stranger in Paradise combines essays on Locke’s practice with extensive reproductions of work. It was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2011.

From the Introduction, by Stephanie James and Peter Bonnell:

This publication  brings together work by Hew Locke from 2005 to early 2011. The range, depth and quality of the work within these pages is nothing short of breathtaking; this is not a casual or throwaway remark in any sense - Locke’s practice is one that continually engages the viewer. His is a practice that is engaging, accessible and deeply thought provoking.

This publication also marks a major new installation called Starchitect - an installation by Locke commissioned by ArtSway and the Arts University College at Bournemouth (AUCB), and installed at ArtSway from 5 February to 3 April 2011.  Starchitect is a natural successor and development of such works as Hemmed in Two, 2000, and 2004, and Cardboard Palace, 2002, but with this new work Locke has taken his cardboard creations one step further - with the structure being made from sheets of plywood. The seemingly soft and yielding nature of the earlier cardboard installations are replaced by the hard and durable feel of the structure that is Starchitect. This new installation mirrors the sensation of Locke’s former works; a structure is created where the gallery visitor can enter, being whisked away from their normal surroundings - and taken, as the artist suggests, “on a journey” that develops the further they engage with the space. Starchitect is a large and meandering installation where one can encounter - set on various viewing platforms - objects created by Locke that encapsulate his continued interest in global power, and the loss of that power within a modern context. Alongside the exhibition at ArtSway, there is a companion exhibition at The Gallery at the Arts University College at Bournemouth that features drawings, wall-based works and sculpural objects by Locke.”

The book is profusely and lavishly illustrated, with reproduction’s of te artist’s work appearing in sections.

Contents as follows:


Introduction, by Stephanie James, Associate Head/Dean of School of Visual Arts, the Arts University College at Bournemouth, and Peter Bonnell, Curator, ArtSway.

Essay, God Save the Queen, Jens Hoffmann

Essay, Starless and Bible Black: Art Travelling Through Dark Times, Kobena Mercer

Essay, Share, by Indra Khanna

List of Works


Locke’s work in the book is divided into sections, each one relating to a particular piece of work, project, or installation.

The Nameless
Vita, Veritas, Victoria
Sin Eater
Chariots of the Gods
The Giant
How Do You Want Me?
Dust to Dust
Golden Horde
The Kingdom of the Blind

Related people

»  Hew Locke

Born, 1959 in Edinburgh

»  Kobena Mercer

Born, 1960 in Ghana

Related exhibitions

»  Hew Locke | Starchitect

Solo show at ArtSway. 2011

Related venues

»  ArtSway

Sway, Hampshire, United Kingdom