9 March - 9 April
Join us for the exhibition opening 5.30pm Friday 9 March.
“Back in the day when you shelled out for an album, you’d slip off the cover and on your first listen you’d devour the liner notes, so you knew more than anyone else at
school. Good times,” says Amanda Kaye, curator and contributing writer for the group show, Imaginary Albums.
“This exhibition is a collaboration between writers and artists, born of an affectionate nostalgia for those heady days. Imaginary albums are the albums that don’t exist, but should, sprung from the fertile imaginations of writers and artists in the Blue Mountains.”
To bring this exhibition together, Amanda invited 10 writers and 10 artists to a fireplace gathering to explore ideas and concepts, listen to old LPs and read delicious liner notes of days gone by. Pair ups between writers and artists flowed naturally from this process, and then the creative work began.
Each imaginary album begins with the writer, who crafts the story of the work. Sometimes using a real artist and sometimes inventing musos from the ground up, the writer invents the tracks and the back-story, before passing the creative baton to the graphic designer or artist, who designs the cover art.
“These imaginary albums are missed opportunities; albums we wish existed. They are the uncanny cultural signifiers of our collective vinyl-addled fancies.”
“The work you’ll see in the gallery will be the album covers and sleeve notes developed from this process,” says Amanda. “There’ll be a gramophone and a stack of LPs in the gallery for you to come and play, too.”
Imaginary Albums coincides with two major music events happening in the region: the Blue Mountains Music Festival on 16-18 March, celebrating folk, blues and roots; and the Live and Local Music Festival on 7 April, featuring local musicians in surprising venues across Katoomba, including here at Platform Gallery.
This exhibition has been generously sponsored by Mark and Nina Lipscombe of Cottontail Press – a boutique letterpress, fine art and photographic printing studio here in the Blue Mountains.
Each album is produced as a limited edition print run of 10 and is sold as a framed front and back set for $250.
1. UNFINISHED MUSIC NO.4: THREE PHASE PEACE – Yoko Ono with Delia Derbyshire and Else Marie Pade
Imagined by writer, Stuart Buchanan and graphic artist, Ben Tankard
2. THE FUTURE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE - A SYMPHONY IN 26 MOVEMENTS Every member of a supergroup ever
Imagined by writer, Ginger Stephen Neal and artist, Damian Castaldi
3. LIVE FROM A FITZROY LOUNGE ROOM Helen Garner and the Hopeful Earthlings
Imagined by writer, Manda Kaye and artist, Leia Sidery
4. OBJECTIFIED/CORRECTIFIED Various artists
Imagined by writer, Kelly Heylen and artist, Kevina-Jo Smith
5. LA SUBVERTA Pinch-Arse Opera
Imagined by writer, J-L Heylen and graphic designer, Kim Allen
6. A NICE HAIRCUT - THE BEST OF WITCHES WART Witches Wart
Imagined by writer, Mark O’Flynn and graphic artist, Heath Killen
7. I TOLD HER TWICE Julie London and the Redd Herrings
Imagined by writer, Solange Kershaw and artist, Bec Waterstone
8. THE LAST OPERA Opera Australia
Imagined by writer, Craig Billingham and graphic artist, Judith Martinez
9. NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL MUZAK Various artists
Imagined by writer, Jo Chipperfield and graphic artist, Hannah Surtees
10. THE CRIMSON CLAWS OF THE PANTHER AT MIDNIGHT Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone
Imagined by writer, Stephen Davis and artist, Julie Paterson