While women artists have been involved in making art throughout history, their work has been dismissed or not as often acknowledged in comparison to men. Today, women do have important roles in society as writers, painters, sculptors, dancers, business leaders, among others, but they are still statistically under-represented by art institutions. “Trifecta”, which opens this Friday at Jonathan Levine Gallery, will shed a light on three prominent women in Contemporary art – Handiedan, Mimi Scholz, and Sandra Chevrier. Curator Yasha Young shares, “This exhibition addresses the fact that art created by women has been historically dismissed as craft as opposed to fine art, affecting the development of women in art throughout history. I would like to open doors for women artists and encourage them to step out and up.”
Northwest artist Sail creates drawings with intense contrasts, as if the marble-white bodies in his works have accidentally caught the light of a torch in the pitch black night. Feral and naked, his nymph-like characters are always obscured by shadows, not wanting to be seen. Sail is debuting his second solo show with Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, “Canna Intrat,” this Thursday alongside Handiedan’s exhibition “Vesica Piscis.” Handiedan’s new body of work, which includes four of the largest textured collage pieces she has done to date, has a much more spiritual focus than her previous work. Classic pin-up girl imagery is her signature, but this time Handiedan incorporates it into geometric patterns inspired by astrology and Eastern philosophy. Take a look at our preview of both shows before they open on October 2.
Amsterdam-based collage artist Handiedan recently visited Berlin to add her contribution to Urban Nation’s Project M, arguably one of the coolest buildings in the German capital. The arts organization has been inviting artists to create window installations and large-scale murals (see our coverage of Eine’s recent piece there) and Handiedan recently made her mark on the multi-story facade with an enormous, wheat-pasted mural. While her typical work consists of smaller-scale, textured collages of vintage pin-up girls with baroque flourishes, she seamlessly adapted this style to a larger format. Check out her piece and stay tuned for more coverage of her upcoming solo show “Vesica Piscis,” opening at Seattle’s Roq La Rue this Thursday.
Amsterdam-based artist Handiedan has created a new body of work for her upcoming solo show in Thinkspace‘s project room, “Elegant Universe,” opening April 6. Literally deconstructing the pin-up girl, Handiedan melds seductive body parts with elements of sheet music, currencies, tattoo designs and cartoony doodles to create multi-layered imagery with the female figure at its core. Not a traditional collage artist, Handiedan adds a sculptural component to her work, stacking paper and incorporating wood and metal surfaces and baroque frames to bring her pieces into the 3D realm. Read more after the jump!
Good times and great conversations were had at the opening of Lindsey Carr’s “Augmented Animal” and Handiedan’s “Circulus”. Both artists made the trip to Seattle in order to lend some insight into their new works showing at the Roq La Rue Gallery through May 5th. Handiedan’s intricate pieces are more than just collages, and they must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. See more after the jump!
On April 13th, Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle will debut two new solo shows by a couple of our favorite artists, Lindsey Carr and Handiedan. While inherently different both in style and methodology, the artists’ similar vintage-inspired aesthetics harken back to both the naturalist and art nouveau movements in what appears to be a cohesive showing of subdued earth tones and antiquarianism. For ‘Circulus,’ Handiedan’s solo, the Dutch artist continues on her post pin-up collages, adding even more layers of texture, complexity and depth to her suggestive and figurative works. Get a look at recent studio visit we conducted with the artist here, and an in-depth peek at ‘Circulus’ after the jump.