HANDSHAKE 5 consists of 12 artists from the previous HANDSHAKE Projects selected by the CODA team.
This one-year programme focusses primarily on DIALOGUES and RESPONSES.
The first of the two exhibition tasks is to go in dialogue with selected artworks from CODA museum jewellery collection (Apeldoorn, the Netherlands).
The second task is to respond to the selected spaces at TE URU museum (Auckland, New Zealand).
Both projects inspire differently and require experimentation and focus. Throughout the year each artist is supported by a coaching team: Roseanne Bartley (online coach), Sian van Dyk (studio visit coach), Vernon Bowden with James Anderson (technical support team coach). At the end of each month, the HANDSHAKERS report back on their progress. See below how that process develops over time.
NEWS & BLOG:
My understanding of the term ‘Actants’ comes mostly from Bruno Latour’s, Technology is Society Made Durable, where his initial engagement with the reader describes a scenario of European hotels displaying notices to remind patrons to return their room keys on...read more
Balance , colour and particularly the joins have interested me in each of the three artist selected from Coda. I mentioned I wanted to find out what that extra something each artist adds to there work. Paul Adie inspired me to look closely at joins. I have become very...read more
Further research into bling bling- turning it on its head. reflect, detracts, mirror where do I identify -more or less . With low brow bling or high brow. Or can you have both? im also interested in using bling as a onomatopoeia . How can I make a piece for the body...read more
In my spare time (lunch is over-rated) I made a necklace that responds to the Google translation of the Dutch that described one of Lam de Wolf’s necklaces. I put the description of my necklace through the translator: Ketting gemaakt van stof bedekt trouw met...read more
Most anthropologists seem to agree that children’s toys have always had an educational element to them. The education is usually gender specific (no surprise here) – weapons and tools for the boys and dolls and cooking implements for the girls, whatever era we’re...read more
THE YEAR THAT IS HS5: Handshake5 comprises a masterclass with Roseanne Bartley and a series of coaching sessions with Roseanne, Vernon Bowden, James Anderson and Sian van Dyk, all to support the making of work for two exhibitions occurring later this year. The first,...read more
For Te Uru Waitakere we're each to make work that responds to the gallery itself. I visited the building to scope out the spaces where we might be showing. The gallery is emphatically NOT a white cube. Behind the copper frontage are mezzanines, voids and vistas (both...read more
For CODA we're each to make a body of work that dialogues with three pieces in the museum collection. My conversation partners are two very different artists; Lam de Wolf (who creates process-based works, often interactive projects) and Reka Fekete (a maker of...read more
The starting point of the work I am going to make for Te Uru is Billy Apple's The Cut Away. To quote from Te Uru's website, 'This is part of an ongoing series, started in the 1970s, in which Apple has critiqued the ways that exhibition spaces function. In doing so, he...read more
A month ago I started a new job. For four weeks I have been in full-time training which has meant that any progress on my Handshake work has been unwillingly short-changed. For four weeks I have been coming home during the week and slumping on the sofa. staring...read more
When a collection of works is in response to a gallery space the volume and shape of the space can (potentially) over-ride/rule the works, if we let it. What if we "strangled the space" and bent it to our will rather than being beholden to it? The space becomes no...read more
My personality is one that thrives on order. While not a precise person by nature I do like things to be "tidy". There's something about a zig-zag that fits perfectly with my desire for order and my inability to subscribe to strict precision. Terhi Tolvanen has...read more
I love words and I love discovering words that describe concepts concisely and precisely. When I saw the word "Unicum" on the sheet next to the Jantje Fleischhut work I'll be responding to from the CODA Museum collection I was excited. UNICUM: "A unique example or...read more
A new year and a new handshake project to go with it 🙂 I really pleased to have been selected to participate in Handshake5. The project is only one year long this time but I'm sure that won't make the experience any less intensive The works from the CODA collection I...read more
When I was faced with the pleasure to choose 3 artists out of the amazing collection of the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn it brought up many questions? Why are those particular artists and their work bring something to life and inspire? What makes an artwork speak to you?...read more
Within my practice a particular word stands out for me at this moment. Bling referring to the sound effect of tinkling bells sound of light hitting something shiny especially valuables to sound like a diamond ring acknowledge its use for tv cartoon - to hip...read more
My intent with these 3 artists is to question my own practice with a few of each artists highlights. Lucy - the ritual of her objects giving greater strength. Paul - his rugged strong and questioning approach to making. Ruddt - expressing his experiences on journeys...read more
I’m feeling beyond lucky to be starting my third Handshake experience. HS1 (Prentice and Prodigy) emboldened me to develop work that honours my real-life preoccupations. HS3 (Concept and Conception) had me bouncing around the far fringes of expanded jewellery...read more
How can things indicate to a human what they what them to do or initiate specific actions? I’m interested in the ideology of objects being used as ‘Actants’; how they can be put in a certain place or paired with other things to make a person act in a particular way....read more
Looking at Te Uru – the architectural space and the brief to respond to that in some way. A starting point has been to look at a couple of different artists – Mel Bochner a conceptual artist who from the 1960’s developed a number of formats for making work one of...read more
February 20th, 2019 Draping venetian blind Of course, Lam de Wolf is the first starting point – looking at the broader scope of her work and noting that much of it is closer to contemporary textile art was a definite factor in her appeal, that and the fact that...read more
The artists I have been paired with, Lucy Sarneel, Reka Fekete, and Attai Chen, all resonate with the idea of Thinking through Making. Similarly, I allow my own work to manifest itself as it develops. I see the theme Rough and Raw as a metaphor for Thinking through...read more
I am paired with the ADO collection and contemporary jeweller Lucy Sarneel. The ADO collection is an historical collection of wooden toys designed by Ko Verzuu from mid-1920 to early 1960s. The toys have clean lines and are brightly coloured, inspired by the De Stijl...read more
Timata..begin Ko te whiringa..the choosing Matte black circle curved bezeled convex symmetrical contrasting. Object. I never took notice of the artists but the appearance of the items i choose from Coda. The object pleases my order and i feel when i look at it a need...read more
In Onno Boekhoudts work, there is a freedom and sense of immediacy, a glimpse into the process of a maker. His work seamlessly bridges and defies definition between jewellery, object and material, drawing the viewer in for further consideration. The pieces selected...read more
I've been carefully reviewing the works that I have been given to respond to; making notes, playing with materials and researching the artists work. I’ve received three artists' works: one from Evert Nijland, Tehri Tolvanen, and Jantje Fleishut. These artists all use...read more
February 10th, 2019 Acting out the idea of the fabric brush The HandShake 5 cohort gathered in Wellington and were treated to an interesting and stimulating Workshop conducted by Roseanne Bartley. The first of the two exhibitions we will participate in...read more
Handshake 5 kicked off with an intense four day workshop run by Roseanne Bartley at Te Auaha. I'm still processing that workshop so am not able to fully analyse its impact on my practice. Suffice to say, it was enjoyable, invigorating, convivial and thought...read more
The newly-formed HANDSHAKE 5 group came together for JEWELcamp at Te Auaha (Wellington) with the briefing of the two unique exhibition projects that occurs later this year. Roseanne Bartley workshopped in her masterclass creative ways of approaching the...read more
Some people see the Virgin Mary in a piece of toast. I see a face in a piece of saddle leather.read more