Lyall Harris & Patricia Silva, 2014-2017
There is an intangible component to every successful creative collaboration. Why do the partners connect? What makes their co-created work seamless? How can combined efforts transform a creative project into something more than just the sum of its parts?
A year after having met in Florence, Italy, book artists Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva embarked on a series of twelve collaborative book art projects.
From the beginning, the artists set constraints for the process, both of materials and time, which forced them to work in an immediate, intuitive and exploratory way. Their process began with one artist providing the inspiration and starting materials, such as saved remnants, quotes, and ideas previously set aside. The receiving artist then had only weeks to bring the project to a “halfway” point, adding or editing materials sparingly during this phase. The project was then given back to the originating artist who finished the books (in an edition of 2) in a few weeks’ time.
The varied work addresses issues and histories from their shared and layered perspectives as artists, mothers, daughters, wives, and expats in a changing and complex environment. Their collaborations, which have since grown to include sculpture and photography, point to a unified aesthetic, as if made by one hand. More than a set intention, this is a natural outcome of their work together.
Conspire: Collaboration, Cooperation, Collection: 2 bookworks, Florida State University, College Book Art Association's juried member's exhibition (Jan 13-Feb 10, 2017).
Meeting Places / Luoghi d'incontro: a selection of 8 bookworks, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Crozet, VA (Jan 31-March 14, 2017).
Passato Prossimo: Harris and Silva built this exhibition of sculpture, photography and text on the theme of nostalgia. The artists worked in the gallery space in a real-time, “performance” residency, using donated objects and ephemera resulting from an open call for materials. SRISA Gallery, Florence, Italy (March 23-April 21, 2017). Opening reception April 5, 6:30pm.
Meeting Places / Luoghi d'incontro: 12 books & a selection of work from Passato Prossimo, San Francisco Public Library (June 10-Sept 14, 2017). Opening reception June 15, 5-7pm; Artists' Talk 6pm.
Donated objects of nostalgia re-imagined into 8 still lifes with corresponding texts
The Things That Ride Out Time
A poetic look at mundane and ephemeral objects and what, ultimately, will ride out time
A Concise Encyclopedia of Unknown Things That Belong Together
A menu format functions as an ironic and disturbing framework for immigration narratives
Check The Box
A matching game made from partially recycled materials reveals jarring facts about organ transplantation
A photo-documentary illustrates the distressing loss of identity taking place in contemporary mass immigration to Europe
Book 12 in progress: