La Kinky Beat
David Jolly and David Franzke
Press release / Catalogue text
The painted images, on the other hand, were a reference to and exploration of specific sociopolitical ideas and contexts belonging to graffiti Jolly found and photographed in his local neighborhood during a recent residency in Barcelona, and from which he developed a new body of work for Sutton Gallery.
Franzke overlayed a variety of sounds recorded by Jolly - including environmental sounds (from birds to trucks), human voices and music - and produced a congenial and exclusively evocative 'audial graffiti'. Played through speakers placed in wire-mesh rubbish bins and covered with a form of cultural detritus, the audience were confused as to whether the bins were to be used or whether they were 'artworks'.
Together, the ephemerality of Franzke's sound collage and Jolly's politicized glass works created a relaxed ambience that played with and juxtaposed the articulation of the space as a cultural site and its location on a street corner in suburban Brunswick, while the rubbish bins shifted it further, playing between and giving equal status to signs of 'high' and 'low' culture - from an art gallery to an office to a graffiti site to a domestic space...
© Kirsten Rann 2004