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James Geurts

Floodplain, James Geurts

Floodplain, James GeurtsFloodplain
James Geurts
Perimeter Editions


208 pages
240 x 170 mm
ISBN 9780648262800


Archival photographs of the Birrarung (Yarra River) sourced from State Library Victoria, Museums Victoria and Melbourne Water collections. Photographs of Yarra River sites and neon sculptural works at historic points of intervention. Essay. Site-specific works on paper at points of river intervention, processed though reconfigured scanner as site actions. Floodplain, the new book by Melbourne-based artist James Geurts, not only traces the photographic history of Melbourne’s iconic river – its floods, infrastructure and geographical significance – but expands on the cultural and environmental implications of our acts of intervention. Published to coincide with Geurts’ exhibition of the same title at the National Gallery of Victoria, Floodplain forms a wider treatise about the mythology of the flood and the fallacies of environmental colonialism.

Employing extensive field research and various conceptual and geographic methodologies, James Geurts produces site and time-specific projects including the most recent project Floodplain which was shown at National Gallery of Australia (2018). Geurts has exhibited widely, including White Cube, London; GEMAK, Den Haag Netherlands; Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Israel; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; La Chambre Blanche, Quebec; and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Geurts’ book Floodplain was published by Perimeter Editions in early 2018.

About the Artist
Based in Melbourne and London, James Geurts’ conceptually driven practice focuses on the way that cultural and natural forces intersect to shape both landscape and perception. Through abstraction, fieldwork, site-actions and studio research, his recent projects explore paradigms of measurement, commodification of water bodies, and investigates concepts of time by traversing the primordial to the technological networks of the contemporary world. His site-actions often include modifying analogue and digital methods to emulate conditions of the site.

About the Publisher
Perimeter Editions is the award-winning publishing imprint of Melbourne-based bookstore Perimeter Books and distribution house Perimeter Distribution. Releasing its first publication in 2012, Perimeter Editions’ focus rests on publishing autonomous books in close collaboration with photographers, artists, curators and writers. Its publications exhibit a criticality and sensitivity to content and form.