Monday, September 27, 2010

Tiny Peeks

Join us on Thursday September 30 at Hand Held
for the opening of
'Tiny Peeks'
Michael P Fikaris curates an exhibition of one page comics reflecting on the everyday. Artists in no particular order are: Pip Stafford, Amber Carvan, Tim Molloy, James James, Ben Hutchings, Jase Harper, Mandy Ord, Mel Roswell, Anthony Woodward, Tom O'hern, Kirsty Madden, Michael Hawkins, Richard Butler-Bowden, Ghostpatrol, M.P.Fikaris, Jo Waite, Athonk, Phoenix, Ha - Ha, Cut, Rena Littleson, No Frills Art, Toni Ann, Tim Danko, Indira Neville, Daniel Reed, Anna Brown, John Weeks, Alice Mrongovius

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sarah Ritchie: Select

Sarah Ritchie's beautiful exhibition opened Thursday eve here at Hand Held. A clear and concise body of work Sarah's books reflect on collection, museum, display and exhibition. Each piece represents a miniature museum cabinet filled with museum-esque objects . I love that from afar this exhibition reads as clean, crisp, starkly black and cream, and beautiful but when you get up close and look inside you begin to question, filled with a sense of uneasiness you wonder what it is you are looking at...

'Select' considers the act of collection and display. Small objects and book works are presented as pseudo-museum cabinets in miniature. Personal and intimate in stature and material they may be folded closed at will, safely hidden and secreted away, limited in view. The miniature cabinets are constructed from digitally and traditionally printed papers and allude to replicas and models, perhaps samples for theatre designs and sets. Small worlds of ambiguous objects are contained within each fragile paper cabinet –anatomical viscera or unnamed biological specimens? With reference to historical medical imaging, cabinets of curiosity as well as classical architecture, Select reflects on the potent relationship between the frame and the object contained within. - Sarah Ritchie

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I'd like to say thankyou to all the artists that participated in Blackboard over the two weeks. It was a really enjoyable experiment and gave us the opportunity to see the gallery as a studio rather than a pristine exhibition space. It gave artists the chance to allow people to veiw them 'behind-the-scenes' and creating a work - in progress - rather than as a final product. I hope all the artists that participated had a great time, I know some found the medium and scale daunting and then liberating! I hope Blackboard is an exhibition/process that we can revisit again.
(Anyone that would like an image from the show - of their work/ higher res/ or to see more images should contact me)

This is the final image from the exhibition that Adrian produced in the last hours of the show.

Blackboard Day 12: Caroline McCurdy (Final Day)

Caroline McCurdy provided a fantastic final day for Blackboard bringing heaps of people through the gallery and creating this strong, patterned black and white hefalump!

Blackboard Day's 10/11

Due to sickness and a bit of ill communication we had no 'Blackboard' on these days.

Blackboard day 9: Caroline Meathrel

Comic artist/illustrator Caroline Meathrel was in the gallery Day 9 and created some quick, punchy, quirky statements (artist's text will follow).