Meridian Skylines, from Caio Locke, invites the viewer to consider our metropolis with a new awareness, creating a platform to contemplate our own utopian mindscapes.
Geographical meridians have allowed efficient navigation and shaped civilization over centuries, whilst in Ancient Chinese medicine, the meridian system describes interconnected pathways of life-energy within the body. The term “meridian” comes from the Latin meridies, meaning “midday”. The sun crosses a given meridian midway between the times of sunrise and sunset on that meridian; therefore the terms AM and PM, ante meridiem and post meridiem, used when distinguishing hours of the day while using a 12-hour clock.
The series of paintings by Caio Locke brought together in this show play with the analogy in most thought-provoking ways: by combining references to iconic cosmopolitan cities and visionary architecture, dreamscapes and urban life, Meridian Skylines encourages reflections on transcendence and coexistence. Caio Locke’s intricate creations take inspiration from frantic metropolises such as London, Rio de Janeiro and New York to invite the viewers to meditate upon the foundations and connections of inner life and social dynamics.
Caio Locke is an Anglo-Brazilian artist based in London. Painting primarily in acrylic on large canvases, Locke creates utopian cities and surrealistic scenes to investigate themes including self-transcendence and consciousness, our future civilization, our relationship with man-made and natural environments, and our desire for intellectual exploration and creative expression. Using an aesthetic that reminds us of futuristic themed movies of the likes of Brazil (1985) and Blade Runner, Locke’s paintings are of utmost creativity.
He has exhibited at Royal Museum of Scotland, Royal Hospital Chelsea, National Theatre, Harrods, Bon Marché in Paris, Oaktree & Tiger in South Kensington, Hoxton Gallery, Rook & Raven Gallery in Fitzrovia, Painshill Park. He has worked in contemporary design and sculpture with the Fabergé Egg Parade, London Elephant Parade, Purling London and The BFG Dream Jar Trail. The artist is currently represented internationally by Oaktree & Tiger, organizer of this exhibition.
The exhibition will be on display at the Embassy of Brazil London, from 5th October to 26th October 2018, then on display at HKS Architects Gallery, from 29th October to 30th November 2018. At the Embassy of Brazil in London, the entry is free and limited to RVSP.
When: 5th October to 30th November 2018
5th October – 26th October: Embassy of Brazil in London 14-16 Cockspur St, London SW1Y 5BL
29th October – 30th November: HKS Architects Gallery, Elsley House, 24–30 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8BF