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Skoto Gallery

New York, United States of America
Official website: Skoto Gallery

Skoto Gallery
529 West 20th Street
5thFL
New York, NY 10011

info@skotogallery.com

From the website: “Skoto Gallery was established in 1992 as a space where some of the best works by African artists can be exhibited within the context of a diverse and totalized audience. As one of the first galleries specializing in contemporary African Art in New York City, it has been instrumental in the progression of this rapidly growing field. In spite of its major commitment to contemporary African Art, the gallery has also managed to expand, deepen and diversify its involvement with contemporary issues by engaging a wide range of art and artists in its programming. Its inaugural exhibition was curated by African-American jazz luminary Ornette Coleman. Towards this end, the gallery has increasingly become a nexus of possibilities not only for contemporary African art but for mainstream artists of any ethnic or cultural persuasion. It has become a site where the adventurous viewer and collector can be involved in an ongoing cultural dialogue. The gallery sees art in ecumenical terms and often organizes exhibitions to show the submerged relationships of a post-modern global culture after modernism. Some of its exhibitions have included works by American and international artists such as Tom Otterness, Al Loving, Samia Halaby, Sol LeWitt, Emilio Cruz, Helen Ramsaran, SoHyun Bae, Richard Hunt, Frank Bowling, Carol Kreeger Davidson, Bob Thompson, Paul Gardere and Freddy Rodriguez.”

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Invite relating to an exhibition, 2016

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»  Frank Bowling / Richard Baye

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»  Richard Baye

Born, 1960

»  Frank Bowling OBE, RA

Born, 1935 - 1937 (probably 1936) in British Guiana (now Guyana) Caribbean/S. America

»  Donald Locke

Born, 1930 in Stewartville, Guyana. Died, 2010

Donald Locke: The Plantation Series

Solo show at Skoto Gallery. 2016
Date: 14 April, 2016 until 28 May, 2016
Organiser: Skoto Gallery

Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - Paintings and Sculptures took place at Skoto Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY1001, April 14-May 28, 2016.

From the brochure to accompany the exhibition:

Skoto Gallery has selected a historically important group of Donald Locke’s paintings and sculptures from the 1970s, which were completed while the artist was living in London. These works from the Plantation Series, are being shown posthumously in the U.S. for the first time.

For Locke, the series served as a metaphor for the corrosive plantation system of labor in Guyana. The village where he was born and grew up is wedged between two sugar cane plantations. The artist has stated that the “forms are connected together, as if with chains, within an arrangement of metal bars and grids” not unlike the system whereby one group of people are kept down by another.

Rooted in this oeuvre of the 1970s is the sculptural installation, Trophies of Empire, which was acquired by Tate Britain in 2015, and was included in their Artist and Empire exhibition. Trophies was described in that catalogue as “the masterpiece presenting ceramic forms, vessels and other found objects in a wooden structure like a monument”, reiterating the memory of the sugar cane stems in Guyana.

The Skoto exhibition presents works that link Trophies of Empire (from early 1970), the Plantation and Black Box groups (from the mid 1970s), that culminate in two Guggenheim projects executed in Arizona from 1979-1981. The latter included a landscape event, Arizona Squares, where he made and took fifteen black canvases into the Arizona desert to be photographed in various configurations, thus attempting a completely new statement about the Arizona landscape. The interior installation was titled The Room: an Environment with Fifteen Black Surfaces. It was a room of many varied surfaces and the color black. It included forms in wood, canvas, glass, bronze, and found objects. It has been described as “a room that is not a stage, not a box, but a personal narrative chamber that is also a formal, austerely balanced work”. The project was extensively photographed and will eventually be published along with Arizona Squares. These paintings and sculptures from the 1970s embody some of the most politically charged work of all of Donald Locke’s 50-year practice.

The references in the text were listed as coming from sources such as The Other Story (1989)

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click to show details of Donald Locke: The Plantation Series

»  Donald Locke: The Plantation Series

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 2016

click to show details of Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - invitation

»  Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - invitation

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2016

People in this exhibition

»  Donald Locke

Born, 1930 in Stewartville, Guyana. Died, 2010

Exhibition venues

»  Skoto Gallery

New York, United States of America

Donald Locke: The Plantation Series

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 2016
Published by: Skoto Gallery
Year published: 2016
Unpaginated.

image of Donald Locke: The Plantation Series

Folded brochure for Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - Paintings and Sculptures which took place at Skoto Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY1001, April 14-May 28, 2016.

A concise text on the exhibition appeared inside the brochure, along with a portrait of the artist, taken by Gene Nocon in the mid 1970s. Two images of Locke’s work appeared in the brochure, one on the cover.

Brochure text as follows:

Skoto Gallery has selected a historically important group of Donald Locke’s paintings and sculptures from the 1970s, which were completed while the artist was living in London. These works from the Plantation Series, are being shown posthumously in the U.S. for the first time.

For Locke, the series served as a metaphor for the corrosive plantation system of labor in Guyana. The village where he was born and grew up is wedged between two sugar cane plantations. The artist has stated that the “forms are connected together, as if with chains, within an arrangement of metal bars and grids” not unlike the system whereby one group of people are kept down by another.

Rooted in this oeuvre of the 1970s is the sculptural installation, Trophies of Empire, which was acquired by Tate Britain in 2015, and was included in their Artist and Empire exhibition. Trophies was described in that catalogue as “the masterpiece presenting ceramic forms, vessels and other found objects in a wooden structure like a monument”, reiterating the memory of the sugar cane stems in Guyana.

The Skoto exhibition presents works that link Trophies of Empire (from early 1970), the Plantation and Black Boxgroups (from the mid 1970s), that culminate in two Guggenheim projects executed in Arizona from 1979-1981. The latter included a landscape event, Arizona Squares, where he made and took fifteen black canvases into the Arizona desert to be photographed in various configurations, thus attempting a completely new statement about the Arizona landscape. The interior installation was titled The Room: an Environment with Fifteen Black Surfaces. It was a room of many varied surfaces and the color black. It included forms in wood, canvas, glass, bronze, and found objects. It has been described as “a room that is not a stage, not a box, but a personal narrative chamber that is also a formal, austerely balanced work”. The project was extensively photographed and will eventually be published along with Arizona Squares. These paintings and sculptures from the 1970s embody some of the most politically charged work of all of Donald Locke’s 50-year practice.

The references in the text were listed as coming from sources such as The Other Story (1989)

Related people

»  Donald Locke

Born, 1930 in Stewartville, Guyana. Died, 2010

Related exhibitions

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»  Skoto Gallery

New York, United States of America

Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - invitation

Invite relating to an exhibition, 2016
Published by: Skoto Gallery
Year published: 2016
Unpaginated.

image of Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - invitation

Postcard sized invitation for Donald Locke: The Plantation Series - Paintings and Sculptures which took place at Skoto Gallery, 529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY1001, April 14-May 28, 2016. The opening reception took place Thursday April 14 2016, 6-8pm

The image used on the brochure was Locke’s Village Square, 1974.

Related people

»  Donald Locke

Born, 1930 in Stewartville, Guyana. Died, 2010

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Skoto Gallery

New York, United States of America