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Trevor Weekes 'Small Machines for Big Minds

BY Stella Downer Fine Art | 06-May-2014
Through a combination of drawing, painting and bronze sculpture, WEEKES has explored the notion of machines, their function and their ultimate consequences. Small Machines for Big Minds applies WEEKES’ concerns for the growing invasiveness of machinery through the context of the animal kingdom. WEEKES posits whether machines are harmonious aids to animals and nature or devices that complicate their lives unnecessarily. There is a tension between the aspirations of invention and its ultimate outcome. In works that speak through a visual language of construction and design, the natural, organic forms of animal life are interposed with machines and gadgetry in a way that questions both their logic and necessity.
Venue: Stella Downer Fine Art
Address: 2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017
Date: 20 May - 14 June, 2014 Opening Saturday 24 May
Time: Tues - Sat, 11 - 5 pm
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Trevor Weekes Hummingbird Machine 1: Extra speed device 2014 graphite, carbon, ink 40 x 30 cm

TREVOR WEEKES has consistently expressed an interest in animal and bird life in a myriad of ways through his works. They provide a core subject matter and visual device through which he engages a broader range of relational observations, questions and ideas. Through a combination of drawing, painting and bronze sculpture, WEEKES has explored the notion of machines, their function and their ultimate consequences. Small Machines for Big Minds applies WEEKES’ concerns for the growing invasiveness of machinery through the context of the animal kingdom. WEEKES posits whether machines are harmonious aids to animals and nature or devices that complicate their lives unnecessarily. There is a tension between the aspirations of invention and its ultimate outcome. In works that speak through a visual language of construction and design, the natural, organic forms of animal life are interposed with machines and gadgetry in a way that questions both their logic and necessity. Through nonsensical contraptions birds’ wings are constrained and replaced with redundant mechanism for enabling an artifice of flight. Lost in the layers intricate draftsmen ship and detail, it is easy to overlook the ultimate fault in the design. WEEKES’ pseudo technologies mimic the mechanisms of nature yet have incongruous effects.

By imagining a relationship between animals and possible machines created to assist them WEEKES contemplates the role of machines in all our lives. TREVOR WEEKES was born in Orange, NSW and currently teaches at the University of Newcastle. In 1999 he was awarded his PhD, Newcastle University and in 1994 he gained his Masters of Fine Art from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. WEEKES has had over thirty solo exhibitions and exhibited in over fifty group exhibitions. His work is represented in public collections, including Artbank, College of Fine Arts, Hamilton Regional Gallery, Macquarie University, Newcastle Region Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, as well as many private collections in the USA, Britain, Spain and Australia.