Friday

In the studios this week: A narrative of hands

Do what thou wilt...

Finally in the studios after so long so we try to follow on with a little more for: #anarrativeofhands.

This time channelling a little Crowley. 

Only 2 shots worked out of 8 but its a start. Bad lighting, cold film, rushing and antibiotics have their toll.

I utilise an old 'Spectra' for its in-camera double exposures, its irregularity creates a natural abstraction.

Unlike digital Polaroid is cinematic, warm and fuzzy, a moment seen through someone's else's eyes.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

Wednesday

Sketchbooking

More sketchbookery for a narrative of hands: Supine and shim.

Sketching really does help choreography and composition for double exposure. Invaluable when your not able to make it to the studios. The routine of fulltime work pacifies creativity...

Took my time with this little scratch, normally their free n easy collages to assess composition / alignment but today we have antibiotics so theres no rush.

Channelling a little Crowley.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands

Saturday

In the studios this week: A narrative of hands

Polaroids are organic, each frame is unique, not a 'real picture' but a 'reflection'. 

Following on from sketch-booking we dive back into the studios to continue a narrative of hands.
 
Referencing Curwen's Solfege tonal hand signs - also featured in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' (1977). Arcane gestures, line and form.


I'm extremely happy with this new series of works, its fresh and immediate and I hope to begin the next and final chapter of narrative of hands shortly, again time and its lack of rears its head again. 

Full time work absorbs all of my mental-energy and health-care issues my free time, as the nights drawn in it becomes harder to push myself into the studios... again I return to my sketch books whenever I can; I busy myself researching into Arts Council Funding and I'm contemplating on-line print sales... so waving - not drowning. 

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

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© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

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Monday

Sketchbook

Juxtapositions.
Sketchbook work...
Planning compositions / intersections for Polaroid double exposures.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands

Wednesday

Perfect circle: Exploring book making

Thinking back to the idea of framing and centralisation where I wanted to use drawing within the prints, e.g. drawing a circle etc.

Whilst looking into book-making I imagined using transparent pages with hand-drawn geometryas as overlays... 

The imediatacy of 'Narrative of hands' has enabled me to think more about objects than images. I'm planning on another 2 sessions for 'Narrative of hands' and then I think its time to play with hand-made books.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

Book making

Lovely book arrival this morning from the London centre for book arts; very comprehensive and detailed.

Researching self-publication and bespoke book making!


Friday

In the studios: A narrative of hands - day 2

Continuation of ‘a narrative of hands’. As before I'm focusing on hands, emphasise on contour and figural distortion.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'


Monday

In the studios: A narrative of hands - day 1

A narrative of hands is a study of hand gestures for Just Waves in Space.

Influenced heavily by the Vienna Secession / early expressionism movements as well as some obscure occult gestures..

Following a seasonally long absence from the studios; I decided to work solely on hands for a separate project, prior to diving into series 3 of Just Waves in Space. Within this series I intend to strip the work back and not utilise any props nor costumes, just hands...

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

I’ve also taken up researching and workshops on hand-made bespoke book binding with the intent to publish these seperately ahead of 'Just Waves in Space' as an anti-dote to its glacial pace.

On this night subzero temperatures froze my film and my Polaroid Specta chewed and half-ejected the films.  A newly established protocol emerged and seemed to work – giving the camera a friendly slap.

Strangely enjoyable. I love analog.

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'

© Hilton Vasey 'A narrative of hands'



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