Monday, 27 September 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

Monday, 20 September 2010

"Split Personality" Opens Sat. 9/25!!! 7-11pm

Vilaykorn Sayaphet was born in Laos and emigrated to the United States in 1982. He grew up where his family settled, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was quickly and heavily influenced by American culture, but at home was taught very traditional Laotian values; as a result, Vil was conflicted, leading two separate lives. He developed a kind of split in his personality, a way to accommodate his parents and yet to also adapt to the new culture around him. His experiences from those early years gave way to his artistic visions. Art was a way to reflect on his past while looking into the future. Vil pursued the formal study of art at High Point University, where he received a BFA, and later obtained an MFA at UNC Greesnboro. He continues to be influenced by all aspects of art, from the street to conceptual and fine art.

For his first solo exhibition, Split Personality,” Vilaykorn embraces a painterly vision, while also showing his more playful and illustrative side. In this split series, one half draws towards the abstract/ impressionist influence. These pieces, painted with feeling and emotion, are his more serious and steadfast works. In the other half of the series, he draws from life as an observer, working his day job and finding some artistic escape whenever he can. The combination of the two styles provides a unique look into the mind of an artist as he makes his way through life…

Please join us at Pandemic Gallery on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 7-11pm for the OPENING RECEPTION of "Split Personality," sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Friday, 17 September 2010

twenty three @ 1305

Opening Final Friday, September 24th with an reception from 6-11 pm is: twenty three, painting, photography and installation by Chad Sines.

Calling Cincinnati home now, and formerly from Newark, Ohio, Sines reflects upon our city's struggle to understand itself through different media in the first show of our fall/winter season @ 1305.

Twenty three is an exhibition about identity in an urban community. Diaspora in inner cities and culture clashes is not only felt but seen. Portraits of our city are drawn out line by line over time on the sides of buildings, strung across busy streets, and echo within the hallowed halls of vacant buildings.

The lack of understanding between people in the same block, same street, and same culture creates feelings of adversity- adversity perpetuated often by class divisions. The feeling of a need to rescue something that might not need rescuing victimizes the city. Who are the perpetrators then if the city is the victim?

Progress is often defined solely by commercial investment, property value, and demographics. Moving the "problem" out of the city. Displacing people- buildings that housed 50 people housing less than 10. Thinking that a city is something other than a collection of people, that the parts are interchangeable.

Respect for oneself and where one came from must coexist with respect for other individuals in a community. Taking ownership of who you are and where you live while respecting who you share that space with and who occupied it before you is difficult. A city that feels sorry for itself and feels as though it needs redemption is one that is not looking honestly into its past, present, or future. How can art help social change in this way? What does the human condition in our cities look like? How do we make our mark in the world?

If you're a bit lost on the subject you need to come see this show. Chad Sines' exhibition twenty three is one person's attempt to ask these questions in a way that will translate visually.

The artist will also offer prints for sale to benefit at-risk youth in the city of Cincinnati.

Sunday, 5 September 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, 4 September 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).