The art of the street

Trevor Bly
Trevor Bly

Trevor and fellow artists Patrick Doherty, Mike Davies, Chris McBride and Vaughn DeCosta, who last collaborated on a graffiti-writing project in 2011, are working towards an exhibition which will include experimental pieces.

‘Each suburb and each neighbourhood has an aesthetic that represents that locale,’ said Trevor, who has won numerous City of Joondalup art awards.

‘Some have colours, landmarks, codes of conduct and some have locals that define the area but each one is unique to that site.

‘Chris McBride associates black and red with Craigie while a more common Fremantle association would be purple, white and red, which represent the football club and area.

‘Along with these icons are the suburb signifiers, the postcodes, which specify boundaries and attribute people to those boundaries.

‘This residency will explore these concepts and the idea of suburban self-imposed and self-creating identities.

‘The artists I am working with all have a practice or style influenced by suburban living, even if it’s not apparent at first.’

Trained in printmaking, Trevor said he found himself mixing painting, aerosol paint and printing techniques to develop and refine his work.

‘I published a book (in 2011) about the culture of graffiti writing on the (former) Craigie High School’s walls called Craigie Tales,’ he said.

‘The Craigie Tales project was the last exhibition we (artists) were involved in, which is why the opportunity in Fremantle is so important, to keep those artistic collaborations fresh and constantly evolving.’

Trevor has worked on various community mural projects and, with council youth workers offers urban art workshops.

‘I think it is important to create these arts opportunities for young people and to make it accessible for youth to build their own idea of culture and identity,’ he said.