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Steve Perfect

Books

My books are mainly photographic but I also work with text. I play images and words against the physical structure of the book to create cross rhythms, loops and loose ends.

Short films

I saw the making of short videos for 101 as an opportunity to approach my concerns from a new direction. In each I perform a repetitive action in response to existing ideas or previous work.

Steve Perfect

I'm particularly interested in the place where natural forces reappear uninvited in the constructed environment. I investigate it as a portal to the pre-urban self, memory, imagination and the unconscious mind.

www.steveperfect.com

Wind Flowers by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Wind Flowers (2009)
148 x 105mm. 16 pages.
Litho printed in full colour. Photographs

Degenerate by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Degenerate
Open edition. 84 pages. Colour printing. Perfect bound.

Shunt by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect
Shunt

In Degenerate, which is part of AMBruno's [sic] collection, a text is repeatedly copied, but the shape of the letters rather than their meaning is the source material. Contrary to nature and education I copy from right to left with my left hand. The unfamiliar hand reproduces text in a process outside writing. A book we might expect to explain and expand the statement that inspires it in fact contains a performance of the process it describes (in triplicate).

The text of Shunt is to be read aloud so that the reader experiences the texture of words in the mouth. Photographs often seem to be a window on the world, but in the book dust and increasing magnification cause surface texture to take precedence over content. Shunt is part of AMBruno's words collection.

The Night Man  by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, The Night Man (2014)
Silver gelatin print

Bird Oil  by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Bird Oil
Edition of 20. Casebound, includes 16 colour plates.

The Night Man: In A Touch of Evil (dir. Orson Welles 1958), there is a scene where a motel night manager, who calls himself 'the night man', is pursued outside and clings fearfully to a tree. After seeing the film the image remained in my mind. Subsequenty I found a photo of myself with a tree. The images became linked. The Night Man is part of AMBruno's Stills collection of limited edition prints.

Bird Oil, which is part of AMBruno's Lists etc. collection, is a reflection on The Field Guide inspired by the natural history of books.

No Return by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect
No Return (2012)

The Sky is Crying by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect
The Sky is Crying (2011)

No return: A walk in the city, a walk in your hands. No return is part of AMBruno's One-Fold Book collection.

The Sky is Crying, which is part of AMBruno's Blue collection, was inspired by rain and a great blues song by Elmore James.

Pavilion by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Pavilion (2009)
148 x 105mm. 16 pages.
Litho printed in full colour. Photographs.

Terrain Vague by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Terrain Vague (2010)
220 x 220mm. First edition: 100 copies.
16 black and white photographs printed in duotone.

Ten Similar Thoughts by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Ten Similar Thoughts (2010-11)
Video. 101 seconds.

Trying to Forget by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Trying to Forget (2011)
Video. 101 seconds.

Paradise Rearranged by Steve Perfect

Steve Perfect, Paradise Rearranged (2011)
Video. 101 seconds.

Ten Similar Thoughts, Trying to Forget and Paradise Rearranged were shown in AMBruno's Project 101 Video Works, New York, 2011.

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