That skill shows in Andersons collaborations with wordsmith Ginny Hoyle, an old friend with whom shes created several handmade book projects. Their latest tag-team creation, When We Were Birds, a multi-faceted installation combining book art with poetry, opens tonight with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. in the back gallery of Walker Fine Art, 300 West Eleventh Avenue.
To begin this project, Anderson and Hoyle began meeting weekly to tell stories and sort out their lives together as both continued to grow as women. When We Were Birds, which juxtaposes books made from cut-apart pages from Andersons old notebooks with Hoyles words, emerged from those sessions. Its really about soaring now, when youre in your sixties, about sailing forward, Anderson says. Its almost like a memoir, with books that form a sculptural city out of fragments from both of our lives. Eventually, the collaboration grew to include photographer Efrain Cruz and sculptor Christopher Hecker, a resident at PlatteForum during last years Biennial of the Americas, who created platforms for the installation.
When We Were Birds continues through May 7, along with concurrent shows by gallery artists Angela Beloian and Mark Castator; for more information, go to http://walkerfineart.com or call 303-355-8955.
March 25-May 7, 2011