Curator of the first solo exhibition by Perthshire performance poet Jim Mackintosh at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, 17 December 2018 – 14 March 2019. This show paired his words with works from Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art. 15 poems read alongside 15 works from the collection by the Augenblick Collective, Henna Asikainen, Roswitha Chester, Madelon Hooykaas, Simon Fildes, Silvana Macedo, Ewelina Labuda, Katrina McPherson, Marlene Millar, Theresa Pickles, Selma Selman, Reza Tavokal as well as works by guest artists Dave Hunt, Susie Johnston, Lucy Wislon, Pippa Murphy and Karine Polwart.
Flip a stone of a poem by Mackintosh writ large on the gallery walls and see moving image, photography, sound or sculpture works from the museum collection which inspired the poems. When a ‘landlocked work’ ignites the imagination of a poet, we are in receipt of a gift – a poetic acclaim like no other. Iliyana Nedkova
Here is an exhibition view of Bleed by Jim Mackintosh paired with the audio work Labouring and Resting by Karine Polwart and Pippa Murphy playing on the soundbox alongside. It is followed by Bleed as performed by Jim Mackintosh while confined by the COVID-19 pandemic at his home in the summer of 2020.
Bleed and all the poems featured in the exhibition – except Wall dedicated to Madelon Hooykaas’s work Virtual Walls – also appear in the sixth book of new and selected poems by Jim Mackintosh released in 2018 by Tippermuir Books – Perth’s own independent publishers.