I now have one of the five artists books that I made in The Tate Gallery special archive of artists books along with all the other artists books that artists have made and The Tate Gallery have acquired and thought worthy to add through their history. To be viewed one would have to go to The Tate Britain, go to the library and put in a written request with a reason to view it, it would have to be approved and then my artists book would be brought from the archive to a separate viewing room where one could view it in the presence of one of the staff to make sure it was not damaged or copied and then it would be taken back and placed in the archive. Or so that is my understanding as that is what the staff at The Tate told me... Nice they take such care of my artists book which an art critic I have known since art school who saw it recently said "This is not just an artists book but a piece of art in its own right". It is not on the Tate website or digitalised for © copyright reasons, they would have to have my permission, and when I spoke to them recently they had no plans to ask me if they could.
I started painting, drawing, since I was very young, since I could hold something to make marks with, as well as making things in 3 dimensions, soon after. I have been reading philosophy and ethics since I was 12 years old or so. I studied contemporary art and new technologies. I am an installation artist, a sculptor, a painter, poet, photographer, and work with various technologies to make art etc... I write... I use my own ideas, make my own work, take my photographs, art direct them, creatively direct them, light them etc... I acquire skills as I need them for my ideas, concepts. I once had a dance performance company, using contact improvisation, release, Cunningham, Graham and various other techniques... In conversations with people that teach Mindfulness, they seem to think I have been practising since childhood, politeness, consideration for others, empathy, as with my art, wanting to open the world to others, the world of thought, ideas, and the sheer wonder of existence, and being, the awe of the Universe. Enabling and helping people to follow their dreams and fulfilling as much of their potential as they can. To have an engagement with life.
Welcome, this site shows some examples of my art through time. I have restored my website to working condition but kept it how it was originally made by myself 2004, with the same content with some recent additions.
One of my favourite quotes because we assume all to often that we 'know' or 'understand', when we do not;
"Those who fail to re-read are obliged to read the same story everywhere."
A note on this quote, Barthes is not referring to reading, just in the literal sense, a page from a book, but everything as 'text', people as text, events as text, culture as text, art as text, etc... Which can all be read and re-read.
Another of my favourite quotes.
"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I might not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend:"
I grew up reading and absorbing writings like these, they permeate me, are an inseparable part of my psyche. Which is one of the reason why I write including the simple line of words below
'Travelling is putting one foot in front of the other'
written by myself Russell Hand © ® 1998
Travelling literally, travelling metaphorically, travelling through labyrinths of the mind, travelling through space and time.
I now have one of my five artist books that I made in The Tate Gallery special archive of artists books along with all the other books made by artists The Tate Gallery have acquired in their history.
Link to my artists book in The Tate special archive of artists books
A link to my first book on iBooks, more books to follow; My iBook
My photography book on iBooks; My photography iBook
Adding a LinkedIn link but if you are interested in connecting please add a note to explain who you are and why we should connect... I have everything from NASA scientists, to senior members of the United Nations, psychologists, clinical psychologists, neuroscientists, Mindfulness to art and fashion people worldwide... Plus lots more... Including the wonderful Alison Goldfrapp of the band Goldfrapp, who I was at art school with... But I connect for a reason... LinkedIn
Other websites / blogs of mine...
This is my FaceBook, though I do not add people, in fact I deleted most of the people on there. Also as some people seem to doubt I am the same person on there as the artist that has their artist book in The Tate special archive of artists books, as I do and am.
All works, art, sculpture, painting, video, sound, writing, photography is © ® Russell Hand
except quotes which are by the respective authors, obviously the quotes by myself are mine.