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Handshake in Hamilton

Exhibition  /  08 Jul 2020  -  01 Aug 2020
Published: 26.06.2020
Maca Bernal, 23 Link Necklace, 2020, Resin and pigment. 45 cm x 20 cm. Photograph by Maca Bernal.
Maca Bernal, 23 Link Necklace, 2020, Resin and pigment. 45 cm x 20 cm. Photograph by Maca Bernal

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Intro
Handshake in Hamilton, New Zealand is a group exhibition comprising the work of twelve contemporary arts practitioners. Co-curated by contemporary art collector, Garth O’Brien, and Weasel Gallery Director, Laree Payne, Handshake in Hamilton presents a diverse range of contemporary jewellery from the Handshake6 cohort alongside paintings by Hannah Ireland. 

Artist list

Macarena Bernal, Aphra Cheesman, Jack Hadley, Hannah Ireland, Fran Leitch, Nikki Perry, Amelia Rothwell, Mia Straka, Simon Swale, Susan Videler, Michelle Wilkinson, Nina van Duijnhoven
The exhibition name, Handshake in Hamilton, is of course first and foremost an extension of the group’s name. Simultaneously however it has assumed further significance in the context of Covid-19 as the age-old germ-ridden handshake is traded for a less deadly elbow-bump. 
 
Handshake in Hamilton lands at an interesting time when many are craving interaction and engagement following prolonged isolation. Most people enjoy communicating with others, and although language might be the first method to come to mind, visual communication preludes language in most instances. Contemporary jewellery is then of course the perfect extension and communicator of identity. 

Hannah Ireland’s portraits will occupy the walls during Handshake in Hamilton. Through her research and practice, Ireland examines the performative aspect of social interaction including the various versions of oneself we present in different circumstances. Ireland contributes seven sitters to Handshake in Hamilton, they pose behind glass, yet feel like mirrors, inviting adornment. 
 
The opening will take place on the 10th of July from 4 pm-6 pm (all are welcome).
 
The exhibition will be viewable through Weasel Gallery’s website, or to request a catalogue please email Laree.

Weasel Gallery is open Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 4pm, and Saturday from 11am - 3pm.
 
Aphra Cheeseman. Neckpiece: Click!, 2019. Powder coated mild steel, vitreous enamel on mild steel, enamel paint, click mechanisms, found electrical cable.. 7 x 1.7 x 10 cm. Photo by: Andrew Barcham. Aphra Cheeseman
Neckpiece: Click!, 2019
Powder coated mild steel, vitreous enamel on mild steel, enamel paint, click mechanisms, found electrical cable.
7 x 1.7 x 10 cm
Photo by: Andrew Barcham
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Nina van Duijnhoven. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2019. Burnt wood, paint, silver, copper, synthetic cord.. 5 X 2.1 X 5 cm. Nina van Duijnhoven
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2019
Burnt wood, paint, silver, copper, synthetic cord.
5 X 2.1 X 5 cm
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Nikky Perry. Neckpiece: Lust, Envy, Smear and Lure, 2020. Silver, plastic, plaited waxed cord.. Various. Nikky Perry
Neckpiece: Lust, Envy, Smear and Lure, 2020
Silver, plastic, plaited waxed cord.
Various
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Mia Straka. Neckpiece: Biggest Scribble, 2014. Silver, dyed muka fibre.. 10 x 9 x 9 cm. Mia Straka
Neckpiece: Biggest Scribble, 2014
Silver, dyed muka fibre.
10 x 9 x 9 cm
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Macarena Bernal. Necklace: 32 link, 2020. Resin, pigments.. 40 x 4 x 40 cm. Macarena Bernal
Necklace: 32 link, 2020
Resin, pigments.
40 x 4 x 40 cm
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Simon Swale. Necklace: Topography I, 2020. Enamel, painted stainless steel, nylon cord . 9.8 x 1 x 23. 8 cm. Photo by: Simon Swale. Simon Swale
Necklace: Topography I, 2020
Enamel, painted stainless steel, nylon cord 
9.8 x 1 x 23. 8 cm
Photo by: Simon Swale
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