Trevor Weekes

Mach-in-able: Beneficial machines for ill-fated animals

4 October - 29 October

When Trevor Weekes requests you write a sonnet,
Just think of all those bees within his bonnet!
I somehow wish my mind were less befuddled
As somehow he unravels what he's muddled.
And so imagination takes a heave
As I enter Trevor's world of make-believe.
Here: a weird, but non-existent bird.
And there: a monkey's stare from the absurd.
His engineered designs are carefully jotted.
With portolans on charts, so neatly plotted,
Described in nonsense language he's invented;
Confused by puns that cannot be prevented.
So not to put too finer point upon it
It's a crazy world in Trevor Weekes' bonnet!
Patrick O'Neill

Childhood trauma - that is unintentional trauma towards animals as a child - became a catalyst for WEEKES' lifelong devotion to creating machines for animals. In his latest series, WEEKES continues to studiously design unique mechanical aids. Harnessing a language of construction and design, the natural anatomies of the animals are interposed with machines and gadgetry in a way that questions both their logic and necessity. WEEKES' pseudo technologies mimic the mechanisms of nature yet have incongruous effects. Lost in the layers intricate draftsmanship and detail, it is easy to overlook the ultimate fault in the design.

There is a playful tension between the aspirations of invention and its ultimate outcome. Whether the machines are harmonious additions to animals, or just devices that complicate their lives unnecessarily, it is up to the viewer. In this role WEEKES plays upon the never-ending interventions by humans upon other species. By imagining a relationship between animals and possible machines created to assist them, just like WEEKES', the works make us wonder how helpful to animals we really are.

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. 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. In 2011 Weekes completed a residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing.


Armadillo: Ball-curling and acupuncture machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Armadillo: Ball-curling and acupuncture machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Beaver: Wood-chewing, training machine with inbuilt tail metronome by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Beaver: Wood-chewing, training machine with inbuilt tail metronome
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Bower bird: Blue object selecting and collecting training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Bower bird: Blue object selecting and collecting training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Bison: Hair-trim, close shave, beautifying machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Bison: Hair-trim, close shave, beautifying machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Crocodile: Skin-cleaning and tooth cleaning machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Crocodile: Skin-cleaning and tooth cleaning machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Chameleon: Target practice machine and colour restoration by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Chameleon: Target practice machine and colour restoration
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Cheetah: Spot restoration and skin varnishing retouch machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Cheetah: Spot restoration and skin varnishing retouch machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Chicken: Egg extraction, rolling and packing machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Chicken: Egg extraction, rolling and packing machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Elephant 1: Experimental training machine for Flying Elephant by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Elephant 1: Experimental training machine for Flying Elephant
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Elephant 2: Swimming and blowing your own trumpet, training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Elephant 2: Swimming and blowing your own trumpet, training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Echidna: Laughing gas, painless needle replacement machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Echidna: Laughing gas, painless needle replacement machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Eagle: Flying, Preying and fur gathering training, machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Eagle: Flying, Preying and fur gathering training, machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Frog: Target practice and dragonfly catching by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Frog: Target practice and dragonfly catching
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Greyhound: Running, catching cut-out rabbit training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Greyhound: Running, catching cut-out rabbit training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Giraffe: Neck and tongue strengthening training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Giraffe: Neck and tongue strengthening training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Gibbon: Arm extension, balancing and strengthening machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Gibbon: Arm extension, balancing and strengthening machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Hyena: Laughing, k=joking enhancement and tickling machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Hyena: Laughing, k=joking enhancement and tickling machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Hornbill: Make-up and glamour enhancement and machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Hornbill: Make-up and glamour enhancement and machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Hummingbird: Speed enhancement whilst wet, training manchine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Hummingbird: Speed enhancement whilst wet, training manchine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Kangaroo: Leg strengthening and hopping training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Kangaroo: Leg strengthening and hopping training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Koala: Gum-leaf catching and storage, jumping machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Koala: Gum-leaf catching and storage, jumping machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Mandrill: Makeover, hair teasing and colour rejuvenation machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Mandrill: Makeover, hair teasing and colour rejuvenation machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Otter: Sea urchin catching, holding and playing training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Otter: Sea urchin catching, holding and playing training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Orangutan: Fruit catching and eating training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Orangutan: Fruit catching and eating training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Octopus: Bell-ringing, co-ordination training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Octopus: Bell-ringing, co-ordination training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Penguin 1: Jumping really high and catching fish, training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Penguin 1: Jumping really high and catching fish, training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Penguin 2: Waddling, muscle strengthening, speed training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Penguin 2: Waddling, muscle strengthening, speed training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Panda: Food retrieval and shoulder strengthening training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Panda: Food retrieval and shoulder strengthening training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Pig: Flying and weight reduction complete training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Pig: Flying and weight reduction complete training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Raven: Flight assisted but restricted prey-catching training by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Raven: Flight assisted but restricted prey-catching training
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Rhinoceros: Lumping honing, skill rejuvenation and scrubbing machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Rhinoceros: Lumping honing, skill rejuvenation and scrubbing machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Snake: Underground obstacle course and mouse-catching training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Snake: Underground obstacle course and mouse-catching training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Shark: Restrained, out of water fish-catching training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Shark: Restrained, out of water fish-catching training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Seal: Skin polishing, and enhancement, head massage training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Seal: Skin polishing, and enhancement, head massage training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Snow Leopard: Fuzzy spot re-touch and rejuvenation machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Snow Leopard: Fuzzy spot re-touch and rejuvenation machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Thylacine: Protective armour, sign awareness and longevity machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Thylacine: Protective armour, sign awareness and longevity machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Secretary bird: Feather straightening and strengthening machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Secretary bird: Feather straightening and strengthening machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Tiger: Strip restoration using stencil and re-touch machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Tiger: Strip restoration using stencil and re-touch machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Turtle: Shell de-scaling, polishing and buffing machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Turtle: Shell de-scaling, polishing and buffing machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Zebra: Stripe-widening paint darkening and enhancing machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Zebra: Stripe-widening paint darkening and enhancing machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Hare: Flying machine for an introduced species to leave by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Hare: Flying machine for an introduced species to leave
timber, super - sculpey, plastic, metal, rubber, leather and acrylic paint
55 x 62 x 49 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Penguin: Flying Machine for a flightless bird by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Penguin: Flying Machine for a flightless bird
timber, super - sculpey, plastic, metal, rubber, leather and acrylic paint
34 x 56 x 28 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Dodo: Flying Machine for an extinct bird by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Dodo: Flying Machine for an extinct bird
timber, super - sculpey, plastic, metal, rubber, leather and acrylic paint
48 x 55 x 69 cm
SOLD
SOLD
Kiwi: Flying machine for a flightless bird by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Kiwi: Flying machine for a flightless bird
timber, super - sculpey, plastic, metal, rubber, leather and acrylic paint
30 x 40 x 30 cm
For Sale
For Sale
Bear: Salmon-catching, arm strengthening training machine by Trevor Weekes
Trevor Weekes
Bear: Salmon-catching, arm strengthening training machine
watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite, digital and ink
42 x 29.7 cm
For Sale
For Sale