Anyday Now is a collaboration between artist Mark Parfitt, designer Jamie Macchiusi and writer Gemma Weston featured in the Art/Text Clearinghouse Project.
A graphically designed A5 folder houses four small books of critical and creative writing, written in response to selected visual diary images of drawing, collage and photography.
The bookwork traces Parfitt’s visual journalling of a project to turn mundane activities into enjoyable and intrinsic artistic experiences – such as renovating the front yard, getting fit and travelling across Australia.
Generated from conversations about the content of the visual diaries, graphic design form and critical writing, Anyday Now is an exchange of ideas between artist, graphic designer and writer. The result is a comprehensive and seamless creative work that integrates the skills and knowledge of each collaborator. It makes a contribution to the method of how artist publications are produced by moving it from supplementary gallery material to an artwork in its own right.
Mark Parfitt is a visual artist whose practice is concerned with the boundaries of art and life – fusing creativity with ordinary living. It seeks to disrupt the automatic and ignored behaviours and situations that go on in the commonplace. He works variously with diary and book-making, objects and constructions. With a MA (Visual Art) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Curtin University, recent exhibitions include Anyday Now, at the Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth (2011) Staff Room, Moores Building, Fremantle (2011), and Studio 11 Open Studio Program Artspace Sydney (2011).
Jamie Macchiusi has an honours from Curtin University in 2007, having completed a BA in Art in 2004. He has exhibited work locally, nationally and internationally and has independently curated a number of exhibitions, including 2008′s For a Moment… at the Moores Building, Fremantle. In 2007 he was invited to participate in the Fondazione Antonio Ratti Advanced Workshops in Visual Arts in Como, Italy. He and Andrew Varano recently co-produced Exhibition Match, an eight-hour allegorical basketball game held at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Jamie is a director of OK Gallery Perth.
Gemma Weston received first class honours in Art at Curtin Univeristy in 2007 where she now works as a Sessional Academic. She has exhibited both individually and collaboratively with Jamie Macchiusi, with whom she also co-curated The End in 2009. Gemma has also published writing locally – including catalogue essays for Rounds, Mark Parfitt’s Dream Bore, 2010 and Plan A, 2011 – and nationally, in Un magazine, Artlink and Art & Australia. Gemma is a director of OK Gallery Perth.