Jovian walls

Beautiful but dangerous...having a cup of tea whilst admiring the 'insulation' I've installed into our new studios, a shame to cover it all up...



A lovely recollection of Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude - The Courtauld Institute of Art exhibition we went to not long ago.

A favourite artist and a great inspiration for my practice.

Book in a box

A nice reminder of an earlier idea for the publication of Just Waves In Space...loose pages inside a box...

B. S. Johnson 'The Unfortunates' 1969


Studios - choosing window frame colour...

Outre` Orange!

Love is the devil…the building of studios…

© Love is the Devil – Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon - Artificial Eye
Being without a studio for a protracted period redirected my arty energies hence my absence from this blog... but when a plot of land made it's self available it seemed only logical to take advantage and build our own, the benefits being savings on studio rent but most importantly the provision of an immediate space for creativity. 

For blog continuity construction has taken forever but has just completed and we are now the happy owner's of a very spacious and rather cheeky modernist looking home studio. So I'm just checking in to acknowledge that I'm still alive and active...

The studio interior is still undergoing furnishings so no glossy photos just yet...

I had originally written here a great deal detailing the construction, thinking that might be interesting but I've since redacted it because... who wants to read about DIY... 

Once the studios have been fully completed I'll post more...I promise...and showcase the 'space' being used.


The New Studios?

Foundations are being lain, remnants burnt; something new will become apparent....soon...


Prenzlauer Berg is haunted

Current poster promotion for Splendid Berlin Magazine 'Prenzlauer Berg is haunted'.

© Splendid Berlin


Splendid Berlin

Recently our good friends - Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit & Mark Fernyhough have created the rather Splendid magazine - Splendid Berlin Magazine, which documents Berlin art, style, culture and the city’s most bohemian residents who live and think on an international scale.

They have very kindly used some on my prints from Just Waves in Space (the early swimming cap shoot) as part of their regular supernatural Berlin series. As well as the Tesla Helmet prints I collaborated with Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit.

Its great to see the work getting some further exposure.
© Hilton Vasey - 'Just Waves in Space'


Snow days...

Recently we became parents, so I've been pouring all my attention into making sure this new little person is my first and only number 1 priority. Obviously I haven't missed the studio one bit. 

I've still found time to be creative be it decorating the bathroom '2001' (Kubrick) style or making a whole bunch of silly 1970's toys for the new addition.

As well as shifting my embroidery skills to these various characters, I've been reviewing my practise. Previously in this blog I’d indicated I wanted to incorporate ritual, however this period away has allowed me to acknowledge that I already do this... I’d just become complacent.

Looking over the 1st chapter 'I fell' I realise I’d actually accumulated well over 100 images for 'Just Waves in Space' but I hadn't acknowledged them all as integral, at the time casting many of them aside as spoiled!

From this I could see I had been taking for granted many of the various actions I use in these performances, repetition, drawing, limb binding etc as I had over time begun to see them as just normal!

What's next I've decided then is a more concentrated direction at ‘documenting’ each physical step I take…

'Heres me binding my face with cello tape, heres me drawing out a square on the floor etc, the various little things I took for granted will now take more of a central stage and I’m excited to see where this will take me.
For the time being I'm holding out on practise-led-work until the little-un is at least toddling around, I'm also building a studio/sun house at the bottom of the garden!....more to come.


Dont Look at the carpet...

© 1976 John Robert Rowlands - Station to Station/David Bowie

My previous works have in some form or other incorporated / referenced repetitive moves & twisted poses that have been somewhat influenced in some small part by German expressionism and I’ve spent some time trying to validate it more and more into my work.

I’ve been drawn to it for some time since it first influenced my early painting style but I’d been wary to contextualise it within my recent practise but consciously or unconsciously its cropped up here and there as a way to simplify actions into short abrupt moves but I'd never given it much thought. 

© Hilton Vasey

© Hilton Vasey

The use of more angular poses in ‘Just Waves in Space’ has become more prevalent as time goes on, enacting ordinary everyday actions like smoking, drinking tea and sitting down / falling over into this mishmash of 70's films.... I’ve realised other contextual influences are at play within the work.... this project initially is about memory, recollection and various cultural references of the 70’s and in some small part – occultism!?

© 1968 The Devil Rides Out Hammer Film Productions

I’m hesitant to comment here on links between occultism, Gnosticism, Qabbala or mysticism alongside certain artists of the period - out of respect of the copyright lawyers! –  but certain poses and angular combinations have popped up throughout their work over the years…"Don't look at the carpet; I drew something awful on it" hints to the practise of drawing the 'Tree of Life' as well as the use of angular hand movements and references to Aleister Crowley and Qabbala around the same time. 'Cheekbones Like Razor Blades' The Guardian 2010.

For some time I’ve unconsciously explored such hand signals, wall markings and ritual mark making as part of my practise, not because of any ‘spiritual’ interest (far from it I’m a practising atheist) but because of my interest in line and actions created through repetitiveness, I suppose I've always had in interest in that secretive, almost OCD way of control.  

The decision to use more angular poses and/or ritual I hope will re-enforced and develop a series of absurd and irrational situations of building something unobtainable… 

I’ve always been interested in the pursuit of failed experiments. 

So I’ve begun inventing visual elements of ritual to incorporate into the performances, as each is actually a series of repeated actions… whether or not this comes across in the finished work I’m yet too see but it could pose amusing to make drinking tea look sinister…it simply may not translate to film, video maybe but thats another story…
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