Exhibition: 31 January to 24 February, 2007
Pete Volich's work explores themes surrounding identity, representation and narrative structures. Volich focuses especially on everyday materials, scenarios and forms derived from the urban and suburban environment. Recently selected as a finalist for the Helen Lempriere travelling scholarship at Artspace, Tales from the rear view mirror, here we go again 2006, mimics the framed sporting memorabilia commonly found in the 'Games Room' or 'Sporting Club'. A collection of situations, memories and thoughts that are both real and imagined, are reconstructed using sporting memorabilia and found snap-shot photography that immortalise and frame a story or a moment in time. The anthropological act of collecting and displaying these items in their whimsical 'trophy' format contests fact and fiction. This work plays with the idea of the antihero in a culture fixated with competition and masculinity, and the tradition of memento mori which explores the sentiments and memories held within personal objects.