HANDIEDAN: UNITED TASTE OF A MIRACLE
Phone Booth Gallery is pleased to present United Taste of Miracle, the fourth exhibition by Dutch artist Handiedan. In a new series of tactile, layered collages, the artist continues to interact with the iconography of the pin-up and the mystique of ornament. The exhibition opens with a reception on November 19, from 7-10 P.M. This all-ages event will take place at Phone Booth Gallery’s exhibition space, 2533 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. United Taste of Miracle will remain on view through December 17, both at the exhibition space and on www.phoneboothgallery.com.
Handiedan’s exploration of the vintage sensuality of pin-up culture has become more dimensional and more intricate in this new instance. Figures and the decorative patterns that surround them protrude slightly from pages of yellowed advertisement text, tempting you to run your fingers across them. Text has even been superimposed back over girls’ intertwined limbs, collapsing background and foreground and emphasizing the bodies themselves as ads for a certain kind of sassy sexiness.
Ornate frames surround each image and little message bubbles, like the kind from comic books, hover around the girls or lurk off to the side. A tiny Supergirl makes repeat appearances and Asian characters appear, written in blue pen across limbs or in the background, bringing World War II era exoticism into the mix. Layer upon layer of references twist together. In all, the cultural mélange in this series is dense, varied and surprising.
Like the work of Joseph Cornell, Wallace Berman, Kurt Schwitters or other collage forerunners, Handiedan’s collages communicate a mood more than a message, peaking curiosity rather than offering any sort of thesis about culture. They make seduction graphic, fully aware of all its often tamped-down cultural ramifications. But the work still leaves room for reflection. You can get lost in the beauty of the detail and the drama.
In addition to intricate new mixed media works, United Taste of Miracle will include three large prints, a series of regular print releases and a to-be-announced special release.