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Steve Carr | Variations for Troubled Hands | Edited by Dan Rule with an essay by Ulanda Blair

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Steve Carr | Variations for Troubled Hands | Edited by Dan Rule with an essay by Ulanda Blair

55.00

Published by Perimeter Editions, Melbourne, May 2017

Perfect bound softcover, 528 pages, 210 x 148 mm

Perimeter Editions 025 / Edition of 700


ISBN: 978-0-9953586-3-8
 

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Leveraging the long history of hands in art and film – from the fetishistic symbolism of Surrealists Man Ray, Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, to the nonchalant minimalism of choreographer and experimental filmmaker Yvonne Rainer – prominent New Zealand artist Steve Carr's Variations for Troubled Hands lifts its title from an imagined technical manual for ballerinas. Featuring more than 200 photographs of Cadence – a teenage ballet prodigy apprenticed to the Royal New Zealand Ballet – Carr's debut book presents a serial composition in 12 parts, choreographed and performed by fingers, forearms, tendons, palms, wrists and thumbs. At once an interactive object and a performance space, Variations for Troubled Hands manifests the dynamics of movement, and invites us to dance with it.

Steve Carr Variations For Troubled Hands at Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland.

"Steve Carr’s work has always been about moments of magical transformation, with the artist himself often undergoing the change. In Tyson, for example, he becomes half-animal; in Cowboy and Indians, he becomes a strange man-child; and in Pillow Fight, he becomes a pre-teen girl. He has also turned fire extinguishers into glass; bear rugs into wood, and even himself into popcorn.

Born in Gore, New Zealand in 1976, and graduated with an MFA from the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2003. He was the co-founder of the Blue Oyster gallery in Dunedin and board member of Auckland’s Artspace (2002-04). Recent solo exhibitions include A Manual for Small Archives, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2016), Bullet Time, Wellington City Gallery (2016), The Science of Ecstasy and Immortality, Michael Lett, Auckland (2015), Stretching Time, Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2014), and Smoke Films, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012)." michaellett.com