Diaspora-Artists logo

Hew Locke | Cardboard Palace

Solo show at Chisenhale Gallery. 2002
Date: 24 April, 2002 until 2 June, 2002
Organiser: Chisenhale, London

From www.chisenhale.org.uk/archive/exhibitions/index.php?id=41 (accessed 8 June 2010):

“Cardboard Palace, Hew Locke’s commission for Chisenhale Gallery is a vast architectural construction that investigates the traditions of British culture and heritage. The piece resonates strongly with issues surrounding the nation’s monarchy – at a time when the UK marks the Queen’s golden jubilee.

Cardboard Palace is ambitious and complex, and brings together key strands of Locke’s practice to date into a significant and beguiling new work. Locke creates a chaotic but beautiful structure, in which visitors negotiate a series of loosely defined spaces.

As viewers pass through a fantastical maze they witness a series of cardboard images of the Royal Family, delicately intertwined with cut-out texts alluding to packaging, export and commodity culture. Cardboard Palace also draws on a multitude of references including sacred, Caribbean, Rococo, Islamic and Rajput architecture, as well as drawing on Victorian grottoes, carousels and funfairs.

Hew Locke completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1994, and had a solo installation at The Horniman Museum, London in March 2002. In 2000 Locke exhibited the installation Hemmed In Too at the V&A Museum. In the same year he received an East International Award and a Paul Hamlyn Award. Cardboard Palace was commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and supported by The Henry Moore Foundation”

The exhibition was reviewed by Kobena Mercer in Frieze magazine, Issue 70, October 2002, p.95



Related items

click to show details of Hew Locke (Art Review)

»  Hew Locke (Art Review)

Article relating to an individual, 2002

click to show details of Hew Locke | Cardboard Palace

»  Hew Locke | Cardboard Palace

Review relating to an exhibition, 2002

People in this exhibition

»  Hew Locke

Born, 1959 in Edinburgh

Exhibition venues

»  Chisenhale Gallery

London, United Kingdom