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Michelle Carla Handel

October 11, 2012 by 5790projects in Emergent, Fresh Faces with 0 Comments

With a dexterous manipulation of industrial materials, Michelle Carla Handel transfigures wood, polyester fiberfill, muslin, silicone, rubber, urethane, vinyl and rope from the banal to the corporeal. Coy references within the dichotomous nature of her mediums – which are as easily commercial as they are deviant – evoke a purely visceral confrontation with our most latent associations. Tapping into a lineage of body politics, Handel employs a comical tone in her evaluation of beauty constructs, her deformed anatomies misshapen and vulnerable in their configurations. Seated, reclining, suspended, or bound, her abstracted forms summon conflicting notions of the erotic and repellent, and evoke an instinctive grapple between the carnal and psychological. Handel (b. 1968) received her M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University; she recently showed in a two-person exhibition at Garboushian Gallery, aptly titled “Your Mouth Undone.”

Visit Michelle’s website at www.michellecarlahandel.com

Mixed Messages, 2012 • Michelle Carla Handel
Wood, cotton rope, foam, fabric, silicone rubber • 40 x 11 x 7 inches
Courtesy of the Artist

Trying Hard to Do This Gracefully, 2012 • Michelle Carla Handel
Plaster, wood, fabric, flocking, silicone rubber • 35 x 22 x 9 inches
Courtesy of the Artist

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5790projects is a curatorial entity that produces quarterly pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles, and was founded by Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki in 2011. Moore is the Director of Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA), where Gardocki is also Assistant Director. Gardocki studied at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and is one of the founding members of Igloo Tornado arts collective. Moore is completing her MA at California State University, Long Beach, and is a contributor to several art publications, including Daily Serving, Beautiful/Decay, and ArtLog.

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