Melissa Cameron & Chloe Vallance ‘Measuring the Space Between’ @ Hand Held Gallery

13 12 2010

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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.

photograph taken with gallery permission

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 …

photograph taken with gallery permission

I very much enjoyed this exhibition.

Previous posts on Melissa and Chloe… 28th September 2009, 10th August 2009, 24th July 2009, 3rd April 2009.

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.



2 responses

13 12 2010

yup, metal coasters. They were apparently ‘silver plated’ (bought second hand but in original packaging at the Sacred Heart Mission store in St Kilda) but I doubt the veracity of that claim, despite (or maybe because of) their original mirror-like pristine condition. Too silvery to be silver, if you get my drift. Probably chromed. The metal under the plating is actually steel. That was a bit unusual, since I’m used to gold-plated compacts that are gilding metal under the plate.

14 12 2010
Lord Coconut

I discovered this great little space a few weeks ago.

I love Chloe’s work and already have a couple of small pieces.

Will check out the exhibition in next couple of days.

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