I see it all now... Some of it!
Paint on paper
390 x 340 cm
The idea of â€˜paper architectureâ€™ â€“ a term often used pejoratively to describe building projects too ambitious to exist anywhere but on the page â€“ might best characterize the work of Daniel Kelly, with all the flawed intent and thwarted hopes the term implies. Kellyâ€™s wall-based paper works evoke interiors through fragmentary allusion: a stump of column here, a slice of ceiling there. Collaged in slices that curl at the edges, Kellyâ€™s works flaunt impermanence, sliding to the floor in a performance of failure, a loss of confidence made material. In I see it all nowâ€¦ Some of it!, the comic self-deprecation of the title is borne out in shards of painted paper that never quite lock into place, overstepping spatial order to indicate a wilful diversity of origin.
The corpse in the breakfast food
Paint on paper
210 x 190 cm
Architectureâ€™s associations with descriptive language (coffers, ogees, bosses) are scrambled like words in a dream. Kellyâ€™s The corpse in the breakfast food (its title deriving from a film mentioned in one of F Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™s letters to his daughter) evokes an imagined space through curves of black paper painted in arabesques and checkerboard. This is an interior architecture, the kind in the imagination when a place is described in a book or a letter: maps of an imagining mind.
Text by Ben Street