The conversation was flowing within the airy rooms of Perth Centre for Photography, during our Artist’s Talk afternoon on Saturday 3 March. We chatted about the experiences and lessons learned, from collaboratively making books for the Art/Text/Clearinghouse Project and the Western Australian Photographic Book Survey.
A number of poets read from their books – Liana Joy Christensen read from and spoke about the synchronicities experienced working with artist Marie Lochman on Unnatural History, where organically occurring thematic overlaps even extended to pre-existing poems and artworks.
Vivienne Glance read from A Simple Rain, created in collaboration with visual artist Perdita Phillips, and detailed their working process positioning the glacial environment as one to physically and imaginatively explored.
Scott-Patrick Mitchell invited us to listen to communications written between himself and UK-based artist Eleanor Leonne Bennett, for their book Rupture – sharing an evocative series of postcards the pair sent to each other, using the weather in their respective cities across the globe as artistic parameters.
Gail Robinson read from her book with artist Denise Brown Cemented by Shadows, a series of poems created in response to artworks of Denise’s childhood memories in the Cotswalds.
And in the spirit of collaboration, Jenny Newman read work by Dianne and Kathryn Souphandavong’s book In the Beginning, atmospherically exploring inner meditations of place.
It’s not too late to catch the exhibitions in their last week, before closing on the 11 March 2012. Showing at the Perth Centre for Photography, 100 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge. Gallery Hours: Thurs + Fri 12pm – 5pm, Sat + Sun 12pm – 4pm