Handle, 2018, HD Single channel, 11:58 mins
Cinematography and Editing: Justin Balmain
Music and Sound Mastering: Andrew McLellan
With Amelia Wallin, Marcia Acita, Mark DeLura, CJ Matherne, Chandler Hubbard, Amy Linker, and staff of the Hessel Museum of Art.

Handle was commissioned for More than mere jelly, an exhibition curated by Amelia Wallin that took place at CCS Hessel Museum of Art. Together, curator and artist, selected several artworks from the Museum’s collection that addressed ‘care’ and ‘touch’. These works were: Tom Burr’s Black Railing for Thomas, 2009; Rosemarie Trockel’s Menopause, 2005; Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled, 1992; and Vito Acconci (performed with Kathy Dillon), Pryings, 1971. Once each piece was prepared and installed by the Museum’s team, the artist then performed a sequence in the gallery space where she touched each work.

This video work captures gestures and encounters of touching of staff, curator and artist within the context of the Museum and it’s collection to draw out questions around value, care, labour, embodiment and historiography.

Commissioned for More than mere jelly, April 8 – May 27, 2018, Graduate thesis exhibition curated by Amelia Wallin, CCS Bard Galleries, Center for Curatorial Studies and Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

Featuring the work of Vito Acconci (with Kathy Dillon), Tom Burr, Nina Canell, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Alex Martinis Roe, and Rosemarie Trockel.

Artwork by Vito Acconci, Tom Burr, and Rosemarie Trockel from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.  Reproduced courtesy of the artists and Bortolami Gallery, New York and Sprüth Mager, Berlin.

Exhibition catalogue:
More than mere jelly by Amelia Wallin