Paintings → Loose Joints

byHarley Weir

  • 160 pages
  • 80 colour & 20 tritone plates
  • 22 x 26.5 cm
  • Flexi bound embossed hardcover with tip-on
  • Published in May 2017 by Loose Joints
  • Edition of 1,000
  • ISBN 978-0-9934303-4-3
  • £40.00
  • Available to pre-order

  1. When words such as painting and sculpture are used, they connote a whole tradition and imply a consequent acceptance of this tradition, thus placing limitations on the artist who would be reluctant to make art that goes beyond the limitations.
    — Sol LeWitt

Paintings by Harley Weir presents images made as a form of digression from her traditional photographic practice. Known for her intimate and striking approach to portraiture, the images in Paintings attempt to erase from the frame her concerns with trust, power and permission that weighs heavily upon the act of photographing others.

Presented as short, rhythmical sequences, Paintings moves across the page like a melody, linking rhythm, colour and form through surface studies made consistently throughout the last three years. Intended to be considered outside of the constraints of context and situation, the images in ask to be understood as existing somewhere between a threshold of composition and a search for a pure image. With each picture made according to a specific set of rules and criteria, Weir attempts to expunge herself from the act of image-making, and encounter photography as a pure, indulging process.

These images are nevertheless underscored by a tension palpable throughout Weir’s practice - the transgressing of surfaces and boundaries, and the uneasy relationship between the camera and its’ subject. This tension is also one of choice - between attempting to move toward images of pure composition, such as a painting, while negotiating the inevitable constraints that hover around the frame of the photographic image. In this sense, these images can be thought of as both a liberation from and a mirror to Weir’s diverse output in fashion, editorial and portraiture photography.

Harley Weir (1988, London) is a British photographer known for creating intimate images in both her personal work and acclaimed editorial and fashion career. Her first solo exhibition, Boundaries, opened at Foam in December. Her most recent book Homes, a publication of images made during the dismantling of the Calais refugee camps, was published by Loose Joints in November 2016.