Publisher: Shelter Press and Perimeter Editions, 2017
Format: Saddle stitched softcover
Trim size: 190 mm x 290 mm
Edition of 400
Ricocheting quietly between photographic landscapes, drawn abstractions and poetic recollections, Ambient Park assumes the form of a deferred performance. Serving as a kind of response to the French artist and experimental musician’s recent sonic and visual output, the book comprises a series of film stills shot during her travels to New Mexico and Arizona, overlaid with a collection of at once crude and delicate drawings made in Australia.
Co-published by Shelter Press and Perimeter Editions to coincide with Atkinson’s Australian tour, Ambient Park echoes of Brian Eno’s On Land or The Plateaux of Mirror (with Harold Budd) as astutely as it offers a nod to the untethered line work and colour of Clifford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Amy Sillman or John Baldessari.
Working to navigate a path across real lands, negative spaces and psychic topographies, Ambient Park manifests in the filmic trace, the words that spring to mind and the lines the body can draw.