Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Himilayan Annapurna

Join us at Hand Held Thursday eve, July 1st 6-8pm, for the opening of Collette Dane's 'Himalayan Annapurna: A handmade book installation accompanied by works on paper.
This exhibition will contain a collection of miniature books and mixed media works on paper exploring the Himalayan landscape of the Annapurna region made in response to Collette's undertaking of a 16 day trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, amid lush valleys, icy rivers and towering mountains.

In this exhibition, I want to convey the sense of awe that these huge mountains possess and instill in oneself, while highlighting the beauty of the natural landscape we so much forget living in cities. My books focus on matching images and text, revealing an inner narrative, relating to private thoughts and contemplation.

The exhibition runs from July 1-24

Sunday, 20 June 2010

As 'Oh Bird' flies away we set out to hike the Himalayan Annapurna

Drop by Hand Held this week if you haven't already for the last week of Glen Skien's beautiful exhibition 'Oh Bird' which finishes up on Saturday the 26th.

Next up 'Himalayan Annapurna' a handmade book installation accompanied by works on paper by Collete Dane from July 1 - 24.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Exhibition Proposals

I am currently accepting proposals for Hand Held's Jan-June 2011 exhibition program.

I have already received a number of exhibition proposals and would encourage anyone keen to exhibit in the first half of next year to contact me as soon as possible.

Gallery details can be found here such as gallery size, cost and other exhibition info.

Proposals should be sent by post, email (littleredfishy@yahoo.com.au) or delivered in person. Proposals should include a description of the intended work along with images that are indicative of the intended work/the artist's previous work and a short c.v.

Please don't hesitate to contact me is you have any queries about the gallery or exhibiting here at Hand Held.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Shock Therapy! opens 6/19/10

Please join us for our newest exhibition...
Show runs through July 23rd

Shock therapy is an attempt to regain control. while everything may seem to be spiraling towards disaster, there are methods to shock it all back in place. Over the years the term has been used to describe methods of medical, financial, and economic rebound, as well as psychological molding. As we see it, Shock Therapy through art is a way to Instill upon others an instant sense of our passion and our desire to create. But also a way to overcome any subconscious hang-ups, to let go and be released from mental confines. A way to control the chaos, while still pushing the envelope. Shocking ourselves and the viewers straight and askew in tandem with a visual onslaught, so that they may see as we do the perplex, all encompassing world we live in.

Enamel Kingdom is Artist/Designer Ryan Lombardi
Born in Indianapolis Indiana in 1980, Ryan's family then moved to the Boston area when he was one year old and that's were they decided to stay. With strong interests in Commercial Art, Graphic Design, and illustration, he headed for the "City of brotherly love" to attend Art Institute of Philadelphia. Through the introduction by a mutual friend, he hooked up with the international Artist collective Project SF in 2005.

Now Ryan lives in Boston, paying the bills with design and painting on the side. His works consist of various enamels applied to found objects such as: wood, metal, fiberglass... and any surface with normally underestimated aesthetic potential. Mainly influenced by urban settings, wild life and hip-hop culture, Ryan continues to draw from any other elements exposed from day to day life for inspiration.

Kenji Nakayama is an artist originally from Hokkaido, Japan...
Documenting the environment that surrounds him, he spends weeks to hand craft his hand-cut multi-layer stencil work. Kenji flawlessly captures significant moments in his daily life. Serving as a diary from start to finish, his work is deeply personal.
Kenji is currently working and residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Showing his work both inside and outside of Boston.


Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, Morgan Thomas has spent the majority of her life in observation of the people around her. She has studied art and art history around the world and graduated in 2007 from Williams College with two degrees (in studio art and sociology). Thomas’ main subject is human but she strives to examine human action, emotion, history and communication further than the classic portrait. Utilizing a semiotic vocabulary built up through the existence of the human race, Thomas records the world around her as she perceives it visually and spiritually. She aims to communicate to her audience the honest image and heartfelt meaning of a moment in time as it can be understood through form, color, and symbolic imagery. Thomas’ work is sociological, allegorical, and historical record. It does not try to comment on an event, but rather represent it for the audience to bring judgement to.

Thomas Buildmore received his diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. Since then, Buildmore has taken part in and/or curated many fine art installations in a variety of arenas, receiving acclaim from publications such as The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Daily News, And the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2007 Buildmore established Overkill Studio in South Boston, Massachusetts. In 2008, Overkill Studio relocated to Philadelphia with Thomas Buildmore and Morgan Thomas at the helm. They are enjoying the lively and energetic Philadelphia Arts Community.

Also on display, the amazing video work of
"I appropriate samples from disparate TV media sources. I re-purpose, re-contextualize, effect, alter,
and weave these constructions into the dreams a television may have"


Monday, 7 June 2010

Oh Bird!

Glen Skien's beautiful exhibition 'oh bird' is now on show here at Hand Held.

Glen's 31 tobacco tins each hold a tiny world inside. In each, a bird constructed from old photographs, etchings and maps threaded together with cotton, sewing needles, found objects and familiar forms & motifs, all embedded in the museum permanency of resin.

From within the tins are unspoken narratives, memories housed in a nostalgic past - opened-closed - carried in a pocket - forgotten - and for the moment quietly remembered.

'Oh Bird' continues until June 26th.