Hew Locke, our Visiting Professor of Fine Art, has two new projects; ‘Cui Bono’ in Bremen, and ‘Reversal of Fortune’ in Miami.
‘Cui Bono’ is a 4 metre long ship that Hew has created. The work was commissioned by Kunsthalle Bremen and installed at Rathaus Bremen, Germany, as part of the exhibition ‘The Blind Spot: Bremen and Art in the Colonial Era’. A video on the installation can be found here.
The installation in the Town Hall’s upper gallery is an invitation to grapple with Bremen’s maritime commercial and colonial history. The exhibition takes place in Bremen Town Hall, Germany, from 5 August to 19 November 2017. For more information on the project click here.
‘Reversal of Fortune’ is a new commission for Fringe Projects Miami, in an empty jewellery store in downtown Miami’s historic Art Deco Moderne DuPont Building. The exterior of the installation is viewable from SE 2nd Ave, 24 hours a day, from 8 September 2017 to 31 January 2018.
Since the financial crash of 2008 Hew Locke has been buying original antique share certificates from old companies, and painting directly on them. In ‘Reversal of Fortune’ fifteen have been selected and printed up to create an installation on the facade, and inside the vault, of an empty store. He has chosen these defunct shares sometimes for their interesting history, and sometimes for their beauty. He highlights historical and economic cycles. Commerce has its’ ups and downs, yet it is human nature to be optimistic, to continue to trade. New-born companies garland their shares with confident typography and classical motifs implying stability and worth. Figures representative of the local population in the areas in which the companies operated are sometimes seen breaking-through. These are silent witnesses, those who paid the most to create the wealth without receiving the benefit. Locke’s series of shares is also a wry acknowledgement of the commodity value of contemporary art.
Falmouth’s Visiting Professor programme brings international speakers of the highest calibre to the university to share their knowledge, insights and experiences with students, staff and wider public. Visiting Professors are appointed for three years, delivering both public lectures and working with our students during their annual visit.