Cocktail Hour - Art Exhibition - Michael Reid Gallery

Trevor Smith
Cocktail Hour

6 - 22 Dec 2017

Cocktail Hour presents 45 new works by Victorian based artist (and curator) Trevor Smith. Thematically nostalgic, well humoured and technically magnificent, Trevor’s soft sculptural textile artworks will be presented in the artist’s largest scale exhibition to date and first solo exhibition with Michael Reid Sydney.

Trevor Smith was born in Penola (SA) in 1961. He grew up on a farm at Joanna and completed his primary and secondary education at Naracoorte. In the early 1980s he completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (now Deakin University), majoring in sculpture.

For over 30 years Trevor has been employed in curatorial roles with public collections – Ararat Regional Art Gallery (1985-88), Horsham Regional Art Gallery (1989-2007), and more recently with Glenelg Shire Council, based in Portland.

Working with textiles is his hobby. Crochet is his current obsession.

Trevor was taught to sew and crochet when he was still at primary school by his mother Jean, herself a talented craftswoman. He was given his first sewing machine for his 15th birthday (after wanting his own for several years before that!) In 1977 he was awarded the Naracoorte High School Year 10 Outstanding Achievement Award for Home Economics, the only male taking the subject at that year level.

Trevor worked in crochet on and off throughout his childhood and into adulthood, mostly making dolls clothes for younger relatives or making rugs. During his art studies Trevor worked in soft sculpture, and continued to work in the medium for several years after graduating.

He then turned to traditional patchwork for many years, then extended the patchwork to embellished quilts, and patched and pieced objects. He also dabbled in costume making for local cabarets, community arts projects and the Wimmera Machinery Field Day’s wearable art competitions.

In 2009, after a break of about 25 years Trevor returned to crochet when he participated in “The Big Hole Yarn” a Regional Arts Victoria project at the local swimming hole in Panmure, east of Warrnambool. He contributed some site specific pieces to the project.

Later that year he created a pop-up exhibition in the window of Portland Lifeline Op Shop for the inaugural Upwelling Festival in Portland. And so his obsession with crochet was revived.

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  • Trevor Smith
    Transistor Radio (orange), 2016

    31 × 28 × 16 cm

    SOLD

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    Transistor Radio (pink), 2016

    26 × 24 × 18 cm

    SOLD

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    Blender (blue), 2016

    37 × 18 × 25 cm

    SOLD

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    Blender (red), 2016

    37 × 18 × 25 cm

    SOLD

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    Toaster, 2016

    24 × 28 × 16 cm

    SOLD

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    Clock Radio, 2016

    12 × 26 × 16 cm

    SOLD

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    Crock Pot (orange), 2016

    27 × 32 × 30 cm

    SOLD

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    Crock Pot (green), 2016

    27 × 27 × 25 cm

    SOLD

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    Toaster Oven, 2016-17

    24 × 37 × 28 cm
    $600
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    Record Player, 2016-17

    39 × 43 × 32 cm

    SOLD

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    Television, 2017

    53 × 40 × 26 cm

    SOLD

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    Hair Dryer, 2017

    30 × 27 × 16 cm

    SOLD

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    Sewing Machine, 2017

    42 × 44 × 22 cm

    SOLD

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    Cassette Player, 2017

    13 × 16 × 31 cm
    $400
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    Kettle, 2017

    22 × 30 × 22 cm

    SOLD

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    Mixmaster, 2017

    34 × 33 × 30 cm

    SOLD

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    Lobster Platter, 2016

    40 × 35 × 42 cm

    SOLD

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    Black Forest Cake, 2017

    32 × 34 × 34 cm

    SOLD

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    Fish Platter, 2016

    27 × 42 × 31 cm

    SOLD

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    Fruit Bowl, 2016

    37 × 33 × 33 cm

    SOLD

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    Pavlova, 2017

    22 × 37 × 37 cm

    SOLD

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    Jellied Fruit Ring, 2016

    38 × 30 × 30 cm
    $550
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    Christmas Ham, 2016

    24 × 47 × 40 cm

    SOLD

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    Ginger Bread House, 2016-17

    30 × 40 × 28 cm

    SOLD

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    Crown Roast, 2017

    26 × 38 × 38 cm
    $650
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    Picnic Basket, 2016-17

    35 × 35 × 46 cm

    SOLD

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    Birthday Cake, 2017

    46 × 33 × 33 cm

    SOLD

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    Cheese Platter, 2017

    18 × 50 × 32 cm

    SOLD

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    Tossed Salad, 2017

    20 × 26 × 26 cm
    $500
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    Camera, 2017

    14 × 16 × 10 cm

    SOLD

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    Bonsai (round pot), 2017

    31 × 27 × 27 cm

    SOLD

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    Bonsai (rectangular pot), 2017

    40 × 30 × 40 cm

    SOLD

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    Succulents and Cacti, 2017

    41 × 33 × 33 cm

    SOLD

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    Tea Set, 2017

    29 × 38 × 38 cm

    SOLD

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    Barometer, 2017

    63 × 25 × 19 cm

    SOLD

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    Rose Bowl, 2017

    25 × 25 × 26 cm

    SOLD

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    Trophy Fish, 2017

    30 × 45 × 15 cm

    SOLD

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    Clock, 2017

    35 × 35 × 8 cm

    SOLD

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    Housewife – Shopping, 2017

    32 × 22 × 16 cm

    SOLD

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    Housewife – Hoovering, 2017

    32 × 22 × 25 cm

    SOLD

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    Housewife – Baking, 2017

    32 × 22 × 19 cm

    SOLD

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    Housewife – Washing, 2017

    32 × 22 × 20 cm

    SOLD

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    Housewife – Twins, 2017

    32 × 22 × 14 cm

    SOLD

  • Trevor Smith
    Housewife – Gardening, 2017

    32 × 22 × 19 cm

    SOLD

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