Showing posts from 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

"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 spl…

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 solel…

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...


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).

Click image to see available works from "AMALGAMATION"