Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty | Disappointing Vanilla

Location Convent Gallery
From Saturday 24 October 2020 -  10:00am
To Sunday 06 December 2020 - 04:00pm


Disappointing Vanilla is the latest instalment of experimental prints, drawings and paintings by collaborative artists Trevor Bly (WA) and Patrick Doherty (WA) exploring the ideas of localism, conflict, myth making and the human condition. Bly and Doherty have been working together for more than 10 years, bringing together their former backgrounds in the graffiti subculture and contemporary art. This decision to merge two distinct practices, styles and approaches has led to an examination of home and how identity is informed by place and space. Disappointing Vanilla offers a continued investigation of combined signifiers referencing the Perth suburban experience, the ‘unhomely’ nature of disconnect and scribbles from the taboo.


Visual artists Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty are a collaborative duo from Perth, Western Australia. Alumni of Curtin University they have developed a partnership since 2003 presenting a united approach to contemporary art through printmaking, drawing and painting. They are the co-curators of “Duty Free”, ArtsHouse Gallery (2004) and the seminal exhibition “The Salvation Show” (2005), ArtRage Festival. They participated in the installation project “Windows on William Street” (2008) while being awarded the “Celebrating Joondalup” award in 2009. In 2013 they undertook a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre to continue their unique working methodology. Recent works were exhibited in “PostCode Party”, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2014) and achieving the Overall Prize, COJ Invitation Award (2015). In 2017 the pair exhibited again at the Fremantle Art Centre with “One street from Happiness”.



Image credit: Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty, White Magic, 2017, silkscreen and mixed media.



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