Visions in the Dark

Visions in the Dark is an installation of drawings and video in my studio, an old doctor’s office, which was renovated soon after. The ephemeral space started as an inspiration and over time transformed into a drawing unto itself. I left many remnants from the previous occupant and in some cases emphasized them. I used the original wallpaper as the paper for some of the drawings and the drawings’ background share the same color palette as that of the space. All of the drawings were made while being in a state of hypnosis. In November of 2012, Alexandra Janelli from Theta Spring hypnotized me. For every drawing I listened to the twenty-one minute recording of the session and proceeded to draw. The hypnotic trance would last from thirty minutes to two hours. June 12th, 2013.

Crystal Dyer Visions in the Dark Door IH New York NYC

 

Visions in the Dark Installation View

Title: Visions in the Dark Installation

Visions in the Dark Installation

Title: Visions in the Dark File

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Title: Visions in the Dark Installation: Chair and Drawing Instruments
Visions in the Dark Installation: Chair and Drawing Instruments
Filmed on March 20th, 2013
Experiments in Hypnosis: Floor Drawing II
In November 2012, Alexandra Janelli from Theta Spring hypnotized me. The goal of the session was to enable me to make drawings while in the hypnotic state. I received a recording of the session that I could listen to, and the recording would put me in a hypnotic trance where I could make drawings.  In this video, I listened to the recording and made a drawing on the floor of my studio. Then I proceeded to destroy the drawing by sweeping it up. All of the drawings I have done under hypnosis I have been alone, except this one. This drawing was filmed on 16mm by my friend, Rachael Williams and she is the only other human who saw the drawing in person. The recording that I listen to is twenty minutes long and the trance usually lasts for thirty minutes. The sound is my edited version of the recorded session. This short video begins and ends in black and white, while the middle is in color. It represents going into a hypnotic state and then falling out of that trance.

Title: Visions in the Dark Installation

 

Title: Untitled Date: 50 x 40 inches Dimensions: Materials: R&F White Pigment Oil Stick, R&F black Pigment Oil Stick, Loose Graphite Powder, on wall paper from 1H doctor's office. Drawing made after listening to post hypnotic suggestion recording. Drawing worked on three times.

Title: Visions in the Dark Installation

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Faint Visions Installation

Faint Visions Installation
Faint Visions Installation
Title: Floor Drawing #2
Title: Floor Drawing #2 Date: June 12th, 2013 Materials: Loose Graphite on the floor. Drawing made on the day of the opening. My hypnotist hypnotized me in my studio, on 40 West 77th Street Apartment 1H, New York, NY. Drawing made in a hypnotic state.

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Title: Floor Drawing #2 Date: June 12th, 2013 Materials: Loose Graphite, black opaque ink, and liquid graphite on white painted floor. Drawing made on the day of the opening. My hypnotist hypnotized me in my studio, on 40 West 77th Street Apartment 1H, New York, NY. Drawing made in a hypnotic state.
Title: Floor Drawing #2
Date: June 12th, 2013
Materials: Loose Graphite, black opaque ink, and liquid graphite on white painted floor.
Drawing made on the day of the opening. My hypnotist hypnotized me in my studio, on 40 West 77th Street Apartment 1H, New York, NY.
Drawing made in a hypnotic state.
Title: Floor Drawing #3 Date: June 12th, 2013 Materials: Loose Chalk and Flour on the Black Suede painted floor. Drawing made on the day of the opening. My hypnotist hypnotized me in my studio, on 40 West 77th Street Apartment 1H, New York, NY. Drawing made in a hypnotic state.
Title: Floor Drawing #3 (before)
Date: June 12th, 2013
Materials: Loose Chalk and Flour on the Black Suede painted floor.
Drawing made on the day of the opening. My hypnotist hypnotized me in my studio, on 40 West 77th Street Apartment 1H, New York, NY.
Drawing made in a hypnotic state.

 

 

Many Thanks to:
Jennifer George
Alexandra Janelli, Theta Spring Hypnosis