Handiedan Exhibits 'High Art' Before Taking America
Members of the California-based Natural Cannabis Company’s medicinal-use club, ‘High Society’ were treated to a private exhibition by contemporary artist Handiedan as part of a recent tasting event – the first of a run of American shows the Amsterdam-born artist has planned for 2016.
She was selected as the featured artist at this annual, invitation-only event, which brings together medical marijuana users from three Californian dispensaries in Santa Rosa, Oakland and Hopland. In addition to the Handiedan exhibition, cannabis tasting and trialling of new products such as marijuana vape pens and cannabis-infused fizzy drinks, the event also comprised an international arts challenge. Hosted by respected art and culture magazine, Juxtapoz, this competition – known as ‘High Art’ – was won this year by Trace Burroughs.
This unique West Coast event preceded a mural installation in the heart of America as, whilst in the States, she has also been preparing to take part in The Richmond Mural Project which runs from 11th – 22nd July. This will see the Amsterdam artist contribute one her signature bas-relief works towards an estimated 100 murals being installed in the city of Virginia, to mark the mural project’s fifth year. You can take a sneak peek at what she’s been working on for this event, in the Instagram snap here. Continues below.
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Her work will be displayed along with that of 10 other artists, including adidas and Faberge Egg Hunt collaborator, urban muralist Jason Woodside. Previous artists involved in the prestigious project include D*Face, Jerkface, Angry Woebots and Ron English.
August sees the Dutch woman take part in a group show at Seattle’s Roq la Rue gallery, which will be followed by two shows in Los Angeles – the 10 year anniversary group show celebrating the Corey Helford Gallery and another with the Prints on Wood project in September.
Handiedan is also creating new works for the show ‘Femme to Femme Fatale: The Feminine in Contemporary Art’ which is being held in San Francisco from September to October 2016, just after her next solo exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, following the success of her appearance in last year’s ‘Trifecta’ exhibition alongside two fellow artists, Sandra Chevrier and Mimi S.
Although she has frequently exhibited in the US, she has previously tended to around two American-based shows per year. So, from this tightly-packed Stateside schedule – which doesn’t include her earlier LA show in March, it looks as if Handiedan is making a concerted attempt to bring her work to a wider American audience of urban art fans.
If you are interested in buying works by Handiedan, please check out our dedicated artist showcase gallery. Or, if there is a piece not featured there that you have in mind, please contact the Theodorus Gallery team directly.