The wonderful Amanda Kaye had a wonderful idea to create a series of imaginary albums, culled from the creative wellspring of Blue Mountains writers and artists and exhibited at the exquisite Platform Gallery at Katoomba.
“These imaginary albums are the missed opportunities, the albums we wish existed. They are the uncanny cultural signifiers of our collective vinyl-addled fancies,” says Amanda. “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. The work you’ll see in the gallery will be the album covers and sleeve notes developed from this process”.
I’m thrilled that Amanda asked me to contribute, and my imaginary album, “Three Phase Peace” by Yoko Ono, Delia Derbyshire and Else Marie Pade, has been wrenched into visual reality by painter Ben Tankard. See his stunning cover art (featured above) and my accompanying sleeve notes at the exhibition, which opens this Friday and runs until 9 April 2018. Find out more about the exhibition at imaginaryalbums.rocks