RECEPTION FRIDAY JULY 7, 7-9pm
Boston area artist Jessica Brilli’s first solo show at Kobalt brings us along on a nostalgic vacation where swimming pools are circled by colorful nylon webbed chairs, beachside motor inns are flanked by winged Pontiacs, and backyard barbecues are fueled by charcoal briquettes. “Holiday” is a throwback in time that will conjure many a sweet memory for most, while offering a glimpse of yesteryear to the younger crowd.
Working in a style that encompasses American realism and 20th century graphic design aesthetics, Brilli’s paintings reveal the most basic beauty in everyday scenes, objects and an era gone by. Inspired by Kodachrome slides and generations-old photographs gathered from yard sales and basements across America, Brilli brings a contemporary eye to subjects often overlooked or forgotten. She sees her paintings as a way of giving renewed life to images that haven’t been seen in decades. Having had no direct experience with the images, the process of painting them takes on a different dimension for Brilli – like borrowing memories and elaborating, editing, or directing stories that intersect the knowledge and assumptions of two people who are strangers to each other. Vintage palettes and a loose style accentuate the sentimental nature of Brilli’s canvases and surreptitiously prevent us from getting caught up in the original identifying details of the imagery, allowing us to connect in our own wonderfully personal way.
Brilli earned her BFA in painting at the University of Rhode Island, and received a certificate in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. Meet the artist July 7th from 7 to 9pm.