Untitled 1990 [W/P] [Howard Arkley & Juan Davila]

Mixed media and collage on paper, 121.5 x 86

Signed and dated [l.l., within image: ‘HA.90’]

Courtesy of Juan Davila and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art

This work on paper, related to Arkley and Davila’s major collaborative installation Blue Chip Instant Decorator: a Room (1991-2) [3/M], was exhibited in the ‘Howard Arkley and Friends’ show at TarraWarra Museum of Art in 2015-16, together with Untitled 1992 [W/P] [Howard Arkley & Juan Davila]. See also Untitled [standing male figure wearing mask] 1991 [W/P] [Howard Arkley & Juan Davila].

All these works on paper foreground the interplay between diverse systems of decoration, and the symbolism of the mask or mirror. For further discussion of these themes in relation to Arkley & Davila’s collaborative oeuvre, see Gregory (2001); Carnival (ch.5); and Victoria Lynn in Fitzpatrick & Lynn (2015), 53-54.


  • The artists


  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (details as above; ill.)