Up! Up! Up they went.
After the building had closed, with birds and crimps under wing, we tiptoed into Realm, with Richard Holt, to install our commissioned work, A Weight of Albatross. We woke our rookery of albatross(es)* from their bubble wrap nests, and began threading the piece together, with a map for guidance. By 11pm, our two stainless steel and fourteen frosted perspex birds were in place.
Watch: A Weight of Albatross being installed at Realm, time-lapse video (courtesy of City of Maroondah)
Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
* The most common collective noun for a group of albatross is a rookery, but a weight is also accepted, and though the OED preferences albatrosses as the plural, Collins and Merriam-Webster are happy to fly with albatross. So a weight it is, A Weight of Albatross, because it sounds more poetic to our ears.
Included in our weight you will find a Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), Southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), Shy albatross (Thalassarche cauta), Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma), Indian yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche carteri), Sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca), and a Buller’s albatross (Thalassarche bulleri).
Delighted to chance upon our birds in our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, in a promotion for Artspace Mackay's "diverse collection of artists' books," which you can "enjoy in the Tate Adams Reading Pod, a purpose-built space for visitors to have unprecedented access to the collection" (in the latest Art Guide).
Turn the page. Get up close, and enjoy.
Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon Street
With only 29 hours remaining on our pozible campaign forour artists' book printed edition of #PrattleScoopTrembling, we are looking forward to hearing the running movement of the press.
Thank-you for your cheer, donations, and preorders, each and every one of you.
(Pleasing sound in the above linked instagram video courtesy of a Heidelberger Tiegel letterpress.)
Throw your hands in the air like a dancing cactus! And just like that, we've reached our pozible campaign funding goal to cover a third of the printing costs for a Prattle, scoop, trembling edition. Many, many thanks. We are so humbled.
The campaign is still running, and we are hoping to raise, through your preorders (and/or donations) enough to cover the whole of the printing cost. Should you wish to earmark a copy, it's not too late to do so.
Thank-you. We couldn't do this without you.
Through the cave. Closer, closer. Thank-you for your interest, good winged trumpeting, donations, and preorders of #PrattleScoopTrembling. We are so grateful.
And, we are almost there. The campaign runs for a further 8 days, but this collage, like the one beforehand, is to say thank-you for your ongoing support.
We have just launched a Pozible campaign to create a printed edition of Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds. It will be an edition of 100, and you can preorder your copy (or make a donation to our project) until the 31st of January, 2017.
Our final interview for the holiday period evolved into a 'true or false' quiz for Melbourne-based artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, AKA Gracia & Louise. Together and independently (but most often together, and most often with a four-legged friend or two), G + L are very prolific makers, doers, dreamers — delightful to follow on the gram. Kind thanks to Gracia for taking the time to write, and to both she and Louise — for always being willing partners to our projects and flights of fancy.
The Solander box for our artists' book, Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, and accompanying collage, An index box of Australian birds still fluttering, are now back on display within a perspex aviary at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, as part of their exhibition, Birds: Flight paths in Australian Art.
The exhibition at MPRG runs until the 12th of February, 2017.
And in the lead up to Christmas, you can see our Here, there drawings and collages upon cartes de visite at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery, where you will also find our work on the wall as part of Proof: The Best of Contemporary Print Making.
The exhibition at PJP runs until the 23rd of December, 2016.