Congratulations to Craig Handley for being selected for both the Wynne and Archibald categories of the Salon des Refusés 2021!
The exhibition, which takes place at the S. H. Ervin Gallery, opens Saturday 5th June, and runs until Sunday 15th August 2021.
One often hears that artists have been relatively untouched by the pandemic and lockdowns because they are accustomed to spending so much time alone in the studio. There are certain signs in this show that this may not be the case. It’s tempting to read Craig Handley’s The Performer 2021 (self portrait as the sad mad clown), as an expression of extreme domestic frustration.
Then again, perhaps it’s just a rebellious gesture against that great Australian masculine pastime: mowing the lawn. Handley’s clown persona is reading a huge book called HOW to MOW the LAWN, while his house burns in the background. Don’t ask me for further elucidation. - John McDonald