Regular readers will know I have admired the work of Melissa Cameron and Chloe Vallance since I started writing. They have collaborated on the exhibition ‘Measuring the Space Between‘ at Hand Held Gallery.
This is a wonderful group of work! I was very impressed … but that’s no surprise to me really, as I like Melissa’s precise sawing and also Chloe’s beautiful impressionistic drawing. Their personal signatures, though on paper quite the opposite, work beautifully together.
The above three pieces were my favourite of the exhibition – especially the neckpiece on the right.
There are thirty-seven pieces in the exhibition, many pieces in couples where a piece is made from components of the other.
Melissa usually works in found metal; but this group uses mostly found wood (coasters and bowls and other pieces, like the spoon) and a few tins and metal coasters I think (the second image above look like they’re made of this? or perhaps compacts?). Chloe usually does work on found wood, so the combination makes sense for their collaboration. It is interesting that the material of pre-loved wooden objects continues to emerge in the Melbourne jewellery community …
I very much enjoyed this exhibition.
‘Measuring the Space Between‘ is at Hand Held Gallery until 8th January 2011.
Update (20th December): Hand Held Gallery has some detailed images of the work here.