Artistic energy praised: Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award

Robert Cook speaking at the award ceremony.
Artistic energy praised: Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award
Robert Cook speaking at the award ceremony.

JUDGES praised the energy and eclecticism of the work of winning artists Trevor Bly and Patrick Doherty.

They included WA Art Gallery curator Robert Cook, ECU visual art lecturer Gregory Pryor and visiting New York-based artist Brandon Ballengee.

“The work stood out for its material and conceptual complexity,” the judges said. “The ubiquitous black ink of the offset or screen commercial printer is punctured with the staccato energy of short bursts from the spray can.

“The artist is writ large here, rather gaudily ennobled in his historical garb. Sure, there is a constant party going on in Craigie (the postcode tag in the bottom right hand corner), but the devil is exhausted.

“He looks spent and tired and the rendering suggests a hand that has been painting the town red all night.

“The collaborative nature of this work expertly brings together an artist well versed in the language of the manual or gestural mark with someone totally familiar with the matrix of the screen and how it can rapidly embody and multiply powerful and direct images, texts and signs.”

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