Front gallery

Catalogue text by Lara Travis in conversation with David Jolly

Presented as part of the Woolmark Melbourne Fashion Festival

Inspired by the genres of the road movie and real-life travel snapshots, Davis Jolly's suite of paintings constituted a contemporary archive of travel, leisure and personal misadventure. Rendered in oil and enamel on the reverse side of glass, Jolly's paintings establish a compelling encounter between the illusionistic and luminous depth of painterly space and the cropped, abstracted representations, and mirror-like surfaces, of screen culture. Trapped behind glass, Jolly's paintings also hint at photography's tendency to embalm memory and involve the viewer in the material process of painting through a reverse archaeology of painterly construction.