Friday, 12 August 2011

"I Draw Away The Days..."

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Inner Workings & Dave)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (My Childhood Lays Facedown)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011 
"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Teddy and Inner Workings)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) ("Is That All There Is?")"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) ("Bleached Blonde Hair..." Double Print)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Hello Stranger;...)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Cubic Forms)"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Cubic Forms 2 [+Bookmark])"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

"Room 1"
(Pen on Paper) Dick-James Hall/Richard James Hall ©2011

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Looking Back...

I was in denial when I was fifteen.
I was in denial because I was being beaten and verbally abused.
I thought they were my mates.
Still they attacked me.
They thought they were being my mates.
Their reason for doing it was because they wanted to make more “manly”.
I fought back several times.
It came back at me ten-fold.
I admit I shifted it back onto somebody else to distract the “mates”.
I now feel the shame of my past actions.
It wasn’t right.
I don’t want to be forgiven.
That sin has to stay singed into my mind.
One teacher asked me whether I was interested in men.
I ran away from the truth.
I would play by myself.
I would hurt by myself.
My mouth would be covered in my fresh blood.
I started to sleep heavily and dream deeply.
I would dream of swimming with other men.
Naked.
All the men were naked in the dream.
Swimming together.
One day it went too far with the abuse.
I hit him with my head and left for class.
He caught up with me and threw the stone at me.
I finally crumbled.
It would take another year to admit I wanted to hurt myself.
It was another year that I finally admitted my attractions to my sex.
I would make new friends.
I would face heartbreak.
I would walk the scene until I lost faith in its glam and glitter.
I would be pleasured by strangers and yet find no love.
Nearly twenty-five and I am still nowhere close to being satisfied with myself.
The day I have no regrets or dreams is the day I die.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

'Toilet Water" a collaborative performance with Claire Cummins and Zan Gettings

A couple of weeks ago,  I participated in a performance art workshop led by Kris Canavan at 25 Stratford Grove called "Contributions & Cuts".  The theme of the workshop is based on the positive (& negative) contributions and cuts to society that we have taken an interest in, so we had to bring in four different articles relating to the issues, as well as three props that are to be used throughout the workshop. But the workshop was also a means of exploring new means of performance based work, especially through collaborative work, which I had never done before. But without that sense of exploration, The work below would never have came into being and I would never have worked with Claire Cummins & Zan Gettings, the best collaborators I could have had.

"Toilet Water"
A performance piece by Zan Gettings, Claire Cummins 
and Dick-James Hall
Photographs by Arto Polus

WARNING:
CONTAINS FRONTAL NUDITY






































 Photography by Arto Polus 2011
Performed by: Zan Gettings, Claire Cummins & Dick-James Hall 
All imagery is owned by the artists and anyone using the imagery without prior permission shall be prosecuted ©2011

Thursday, 14 July 2011

"Breaking Point (PART 2)" and some lovely extras!

And now the concluding part of "Breaking Point".
My friends, I know that it has been awhile since the last post, but I have (again) been very busy with life, graduating from Newcastle College and also attending Kris Canavan's live art workshop, "Contributions and Cuts", at 25 Stratford Grove, which has been the most amazing experience and shall the most noteworthy post you'll ever see once all the source material is available to me.
"The Golden Man" gel pen on paper  Dick-James Hall © 2011

"Untitled" gel pen and marker on paper
Dick-James Hall © 2011

"Leaves Cover The Man" Pen on paper Dick-James Hall ©2011

"Untitled" Pen and marker on red paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"To Be Caged..." Pen, marker and tip-ex on graph paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"Study of A Man In Cherry Cola" Marker and Cherry Cola on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"He Appears Amongst The Blossom" Pen on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"Reverberate" Gel Pen on red paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"What's The Point..." Gel Pen and Permanent Marker on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"He Came In My Dreams Again" Graphite and Pritt Stick on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"It Was Void Of All Life" Pen and marker on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"The Bereaved" Pen on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"Untitled (Control Is Like Deep Water)" Gel Pen and Permanent Marker on card
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"Drown In Your Own Vanity" Pen on red paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"How You Hide..." Pen on red paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011

"The Corner Is Often A Place Of Perpetual Fear..." Pen on paper
Dick-James Hall ©2011
All of the above images were exhibited for my final show, alongside my sculptural and film work, each image being the results of both dream and meditative thinking, which is how I usually make images in my personal journals, such as the ones below:


"Journal Pages (Skin 3) (Man in Pool)" (pen on paper, 2011)
© Dick-James Hall

"Journal Pages (Skin 3) (The Lover's Gas Mask)" (Graphite and Pen on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 3) ("Break Me Hard" and note on Inception)" (pen on paper, 2011) © Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 3) ("Can You Ever Love Me?") (Permanent Marker on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 3) (Warrior's Helm)" (pen on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 3) (Man In Water)" (Pen on Paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 4) (Double Print)" (pen on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
"Journal Pages (Skin 4) ("My Right Foot" and notes)" (Pen on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 
(Journal Pages (Skin 4) ("Man in Flood" and "Why Am I Here?") (pen on paper, 2011)© Dick-James Hall 

Oh, and one more image I had just recently made, but feel should be shown to all!!!!!
"He's A Twat But I Love Him..." Pen on Lined Paper
Dick-James Hall © 2011