Drysdale and Palmateer have also collaborated with highly respected Western Australian photographer Robert Frith, who has been documenting Drysdale’s vessels for over twenty years. Frith is also contributing to Confluence with images of the Devils Marbles and Meridian Arc. Frith, Bettinaglio and Burge are a significant part of the exhibition.
Warrick’s natural inclination is to assist others so collaboration has become an integral part of his artistic practice.
He has collaborated with Yanchep-based filmmaker Matthew Bettinaglio, and composer Ryan Burge. Bettinaglio’s film is in seven Acts chronologically documenting Palmateer’s entire process of creation. Burge captured the extensive soundscape that fills the Northern Gallery with the ebbs and flows of the Northern suburbs coastline for the Meridian Arc soundtrack.
It was through Warrick’s infectious enthusiasm, practical wisdom and disarming honesty that he was able to convince one of Australia’s largest industrial brick manufacturers Brikmakers, to allow him unprecedented access to their entire manufacturing plant in order to develop and produce the largest fired vessels he has ever made. In the process, he has been warmly accepted by the totality of Brikmakers’ staff, who have been fascinated by Palmateer’s approach as an artist-in-residence working amongst them, using their clay and criticallyintegrating the challenge of making his new pots within their industrial processes.