INTERVIEW: MOSESSA (PRAISE YOU)

With Brisbane’s annual exhibition, Praise You just around the corner, our eyeballs are getting excited for the visions of this year’s all female showcase, featuring 40 artworks from renowned women from across the globe to raise awareness and funding for body positivity and female empowerment.

Curated by one of our very own, Lusid Art and presented by our friends at UNE PIECE, this exhibition was created to raise awareness for body positivity and female empowerment. It’s a body of work with the power to make a difference.

We caught up with Praise You feature artist, MOSESSA (who you may recognise from our recent Brisbane Outdoor galleries project!) to chat about her creation for the show. See below her INCREDIBLE original artwork ‘Ode to Femme’ which will be available for purchase at the exhibition launch of Thursday 22nd August.

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MOSESSA, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE?
Feminine and surrealist-inspired portraits of women and animals featuring floral imagery

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRAISE YOU? This piece is very personal and the initial idea came to me when I was going through a transitional phase in my life. I was in a position where I had to rely heavily on the people around me, and needed a lot of support. It’s titled ‘Ode to Femme’ and is dedicated to my sister, mother, and girlfriends. It’s a tribute piece to all the loving women who’ve supported me. Upon completing the piece I also feel now that it is about self-love, patience and that everything will be ok in the end. I feel that Praise You is all about women supporting women which is why I wanted to especially submit this piece for this years show.

WHAT’S THE BEST AND WORST THING ABOUT BEING A WOMEN IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY? I am lucky that I have not experienced much negativity being a female creative. One of the best things I feel is that it is easier to reach out and connect with female artists. It is like we share the same spirit and are working towards the same thing so we are naturally drawn to each other.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOUR PIECES? I grew up in the Gold Coast hinterland and was surrounded by nature. I paint a lot of floral work as I feel it takes me back to that time. My work is inspired by a mixture of nature, folklore, surrealism and art deco. I also have an interest in art therapy, so I aim to create soft, soothing imagery in my work.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINES FOR MOSESSA? I have something exciting coming up with the Brisbane City Council, Griffith University and The Culprit Club! It’s an outdoor gallery that will be showcasing throughout the city. I am also planning to move to a new studio next year that is 10x as big as the workspace I have now, which means I will be painting bigger works.

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Since 2017, Praise You has raised over $13,000 for The Butterfly Foundation with donations going towards much needed resources, along with immeasurable awareness for the work and message of Butterfly.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PRAISE YOU EXHIBITION VIST WWW.PRAISEYOU.CO

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MOSESSA VIST WWW.MOSESSA.COM.AU

WOMEN'S WORK: BRISBANE'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF WOMEN'S STREET ART

We are WILD with excitement to be launching Brisbane’s largest display of Women’s Street Art alongside BAM - Brisbane Art Matriarchs, Brisbane City Council, and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University through debut Outdoor Gallery Exhibition, ‘WOMEN’S WORK’, showcasing August 12, 2019.

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'WOMEN'S WORK' will deliver high-impact visual art that serves as a signature identifier to Brisbane City, displaying leading female artists across 10 large scale, inner-city locations.

The exhibition features the work of twelve local artists, designers and practitioners including Courtney Brims, Claire Tracey, Dominique Falla, Emma Wright, Lusid Art, Mosessa, Nicola Holly, Rachael Sarra, Rae Cooper, Sarah Hazlehurst, Tori-Jay Mordey and Zoe Porter.

LOCATIONS:
Eagle Lane - Artwork by Alex Saba (Lusid Art)
Edison Lane - Artwork by Courtney Brims
Edward Street - Artwork by Dominique Falla
Edward Street - Artwork by Claire Tracey
Fish Lane - Artwork by Rae Cooper
Hutton Lane - Artwork by Emma Wright
Irish Lane - Artwork by Rachael Sarra
King George Square Car Park - Artwork by Mosessa
William Jolly Bridge - Artwork by Tori-Jay Mordey (dates TBA)

'WOMEN'S WORK' contributes to Brisbane as a vibrant and culturally inclusive creative community, while providing equal opportunity, equitable employment and ongoing development opportunities for women in the art and design industry.

“Gender bias remains a major problem in the modern art world. ‘Women’s Work’ sets out to create a new standard for equality“ - Exhibition Curator, Nicola Holly

“Putting a spotlight on the theme of ‘Women’s Work’ gives everyone a moment to consider how we value, perceive and recognise the work of all people”. - Exhibition Curator, Rae Cooper

"‘We are very proud to be a team of independent, innovative and resilient women, representing and promoting excellence and equality in art throughout our city.”  - Exhibition Curator, Sarah Hazlehurst

“These women have created artworks that capture the heart of Brisbane and respond to its landscape from modern and historical perspectives .”  - Exhibition Curator, Claire Tracey.

The ‘Women’s Work’ Outdoor Gallery exhibition commences August 12, 2019 and will run until December, 2019. 

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DING DONG: CAN I SPEAK TO BAMBOO?

Despite last week's havoc of hosting five Culprit Club events across seven days, we were lucky enough to get the opportunity to shoot two of Brisbane's most beautiful humans, Daisy Wong and Joel Haldane for our new, ongoing feature photo series, 'BAD BEHAVIOUR.'

As the first release of the series, we're psyched to share these snaps of the Bonnie and Clyde couple, shot outside their suburban home sporting our signature 'Don't Talk Tee'.

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Photo series features Daisy Wong and Joel Hadane / Shot and edited by Sarah Hazlehurst

Listening to: Love Don't Live Here No More by Ghostface Killah (feat. Kandace Springs)

Steven Falco - Wall Studies Exhibition Recap

Huge thank-you to everyone who came out to Falco's exhibition launch of 'Wall Studies' on Friday! Such a crazy sucess with the entire show selling out before 9PM! In case you missed out, here's a few snaps of the event captured by our photographer, Markus Ravik. Limited print releases of Falco's pieces will be available via our online store this week - stay tuned!

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Alphabet Soup Exhibition - Recap

For anyone who missed out on the launch of our Alphabet Soup Exhibition on Friday, check out this photo recap - shot by angel, Aimee Ravik.

We still have a number of artworks available in out online store,www.theculpritclub.com/onlinestore click the links below to peep them up close.

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FLICKS: NOT YOUR ORDINARY, KYEL GOLLY

What a hectic night!! Thanks to everyone who came out to check our KYEL GOLLY's book launch and print exhibition, 'Not Your Ordinary' featuring SINTAX JUNKIES (live) and LEANS. We have a very small amount of Gollys prints remaining in store, if you're chasing one hit us up on instagram or shoot an email to hello@theculpritclub.com + we have the book available in store and online! 

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Arswandaru Chayo - Bad Things In Everything

The Culprit Club is proud to announce, ‘BAD THINGS IN EVERYTHING’ - a debut solo exhibition by ARSWANDARU CHAYO.

EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/327941357649015/

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Born in Jurakarta, Indonesia, now residing in Bali, Arswandaru is the first international artist to debut at The Culprit Club.

When asked to describe his work in one sentence, Arswandaru turned to the words of C. Bukowski. “Great art is horseshit, buy tacos,” he said. 

Arswandaru Cahyo’s ‘Bad Things in Everything’ is an exploration of daily life, in particular the iconic influence of technology in the modern world. 

Arswandaru’s satirical style and quirky characters convey the nuances of these themes. He draws upon his personal experiences to create surreal and psychedelic settings with his sought after, tattoo-inspired style. 

It’s with huge excitement and pride that we welcome Arwswandaru to our walls.

Join us Friday, September 15th for the launch of ‘Bad Things In Everything’

 

Joe O'Toole - Nervous Wreck Launching at The Culprit Club

The Culprit Club is proud to announce, NERVOUS WRECK - a debut solo exhibition by JOE O’TOOLE.

RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/343415562758493

Working with both enamel and acrylic paint to produce his traditional sign writing/ hand lettering style, the focus of Joe’s work to date is the mechanics of creating letters by hand, both on a small and large scale.

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NERVOUS WRECK will showcase a series of Joe’s hand painted porcelain plates, expressing a collection of honest, brave and touchingly bold statements to form a self-portrait of his personal anxiety. 

“My grandmother loved kitsch decorations. The decorations which were most fascinating to her were the plates. Not only the bizarre nature of the plates, but the sheer quantity she owned made me realise their significance to her. They were symbolic of the manifestation of an overcompensation of having something ‘nice’, to distract herself from being dull.”

“The painted truisms are a personal reflection of my patterns of anxiety. The four stages are perceived conflict, victimhood, pity and resolution -each stage being characterised by the painted letters.”

“The works I have created are a reflection of my personal realisation that I have an irrational anxiety of abandonment, and a habit of making the same mistakes over and over again. Always recognising the patterns of conflict, but failing to break them. The decorative plates are representative of my unreasonable perceived fragility of human connections.”

LAUNCHING: Friday, August 4, 6PM

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Back To Square One - Culprit Club One Year Birthday Show

To celebrate our ripe upcoming age of one-year-old, we popped our birthday off with giant group show title 'Back To Square One' featuring the collaborative works of over 40 artists who’ve been the heart of The Culprit Club over the last 12 months.

ROLL CALL:
Aeon, Aidan Ryan, Alex Lehours, Arswandaru, Bafcat, Blex, Buttons, Billie Schneider, Chris Doyle, Chehehe, Chrissie Abbott, Dean Nenadich, Diz, Drule, Emmanuel Moore, Funeral French, Graham Hare, Hanna, Inkboy, Irok, Ivo, James Nye, John Kaye, Kiss, Kiel Tillman, Lauren Webster, Lusid Art, Lucinda Wolber, Lucks, Luke Henery, Maid, Markus Ravik, Memos, Oh Noes, Pat Rogasch, Phibs, ProCreativ, Reuben Stocks, Ryan Bowels, Sevens, Shaman, Soda Mouf, 1337.

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Photos by our resident photographer big boss Markus Ravik. 

INTERVIEW / COURTNEY BRIMS / BUSH FABLES

The Culprit Club is proud to announce, BUSH FABLES – a solo exhibition of new works by Brisbane-based artist and illustrator, Courtney Brims launching Friday 09 June, 6pm in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley. 

Inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape, Courtney Brim's incredible new series of work, promotes appreciation and awareness of our unique biodiversity, while exploring ideas of destruction, displacement, rebirth, and the delicate connectedness of nature.

We catch up with the lovely lady herself to talk through the concepts and ideas of the show, and well as her inspirations and experiences as an artist. 

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How would you describe your style in one sentence?

CB: Loaded with tiny details and always a touch of macabre.

What’s the premise behind the Bush Fables show?

CB: The whole idea behind this collection of work was to bring attention to our beautiful endangered wildlife and plant species.

How do Australian fairytales and Picnic at Hanging Rock come together in contrast in your work?

CB: I wanted to mesh together the sweetness of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie with the surrealism of The Magic Pudding and the eeriness of Picnic at Hanging Rock. I feel like the Australian bush has all three of those qualities.

It's the idea of nature being this beautiful, cruel beast that's mysterious and dangerous yet vulnerable and fragile. There's this line from The Witches of Eastwick that says 'nature absorbs all', which kind of sums up my this collection perfectly.

With Picnic at Hanging Rock, I guess, in a slightly disturbing way, I've always liked the idea of these three ethereal girls walking off into the bush and vanishing, like the wilderness just gobbled them up.

In my narratives I'm not necessarily representing humans as the baddie. We're definitely not blameless for the state these species find themselves in and a lot of my pieces touch on the issues of feral predators and land clearing, but I wanted to focus the attention on how wonderful and unique our species are, rather than focusing on the blame.

Whether the bone fragments are humans that have perished because of how they treated the earth, or whether like Miranda and co, they have been absorbed into the bush, I like to keep it fairly open for interpretation.

The vibe of the show really remind us of Fern Gully! It’s like you’re whispering Magi’s words of wisdom! What do you want audiences to take away from seeing the show?

CB: To go home and watch Fern Gully!! Not to take what we have for granted, be a responsible pet owner and familiarise yourself with the awesome work of conservation groups like Bush Heritage, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Arid Recovery.

How much time do you spend creating each piece?

CB: Anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

What materials do you use to create them?

CB: I use of combo of Polychromos and Prismacolour pencils on paper.

What's you favourite thing about Australia’s native species and why?

CB: The diversity! Mountains, deserts, beaches, woodlands, reefs, rainforests. It gives us the most amazing biodiversity.

If we were to rummage through your backpack, what would we find?

CB: Crackers. I rarely leave the house without snacks.

What would you be lost without in the world?

CB: I guess it would be really inconvenient if I lost my right hand.

If you could be any native creature / critter, what would you be and why?

CB: A quokka! They seem so damn happy with life!

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PROCREATIV X CULPRIT CLUB IN STORE MURAL

This week our friend ProCreativ gave the gallery wall some flavour! Completed entirely with brush and acrylics, it's safe to say he went well past the extra mile on this one. Pop into Winn Lane and check it out before out next show in June!

Check back to our last interview with the legend here.

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For mural enquiries for your business, contact Steve at http://www.procreativ.com.au/

Having spent many years travelling, ProCreativ cut his teeth early in the streets of Brisbane. Now working from his studio at Jugglers Art Space in Fortitude Valley, he spends the bulk of his time working on murals and large-scale projects in the area. With his hunger for new challenges, proficiency in aerosol, brush and digital mediums and 20+ years of experience, ProCreativ splashes dedication and talent through each piece he creates. His style is as commendable as his kind, creative soul. 

RESIDENT ARTIST #2: LUCINDA WOLBER

We couldn't have found a lovelier lady to take on The Culprit Club's second Residency placement. Lucinda Wolber will be creating a cheeky and cute illustrative/watercolour series titled 'Nude Life' throughout her time with us. As an artist we've watched progress through many local Brisbane art shows over the last few years, it's an honour to have this adorable creative utilising the space. Read more about her inspiration, style and thoughts on the local creative industry below.

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How would you describe your style in one sentence?

I like to make art that makes people smile.

Tell us about the body of work you’re creating throughout your Culprit Club residency?

I’m going to create a series called ‘Nude Life’ which will take a cheeky look at things people do in the nude, nothing too rude. I’ve never done any nudes so it should be fun! If I get that finished I’m going to start on a nature series exploring people spending time with nature, camping, walking, swimming etc.

What inspires your colour pallet and optimistic illustrations? They always seem so cheery.

I suppose my medium, watercolour, inspires my colour pallet, the way I use the colours they always turn out very translucent. I start off really light and build the colour up with more layers if I want it darker or brighter.

In regards to subject matter, I just like creating illustrations that make people chuckle. I get a lot of inspiration from my friends and husband. I hope by drawing fun stuff viewers might feel a connection to the work through memories from their own lives.

How long have you been illustrating?

At uni my major was printmaking, when I graduated in 2010 I didn’t have access to the studios anymore and it was had to continue with that practice. I started illustrating after that because it was easy to do at my little desk at home.

How/where did your interest in art begin?

I’ve always loved drawing and painting. When I was a kid we had a ‘feature wall’ next to the dining room table where my Dad would sick up all my creations, even if they weren’t very good. When I left high school I took a few years off to decide what I wanted to do with myself and I decided the only thing I really felt a passion for was art so I decided to do that at uni. Although I can appreciate conceptual and academic forms of art, in my own art practice I have always leaned towards the low brow side of things.  

Who're you favourite artists, and why?

There are so many! I love Femke Hiemstra, David Shrigley, Lili Piri, Kristen Liu Wong, Sean Morris, Stephen Bird, AJ Fosik, Jeremy Fish, Courtney Brims among many others. I like all these artists because they have amazing technical skill and use of colour and they are all interested in creating a sense of whimsy or humor in their artwork which inspires me in my own practice.

If we were to trawl through your backpack, what would we find?

Today my backpack has two magazines, a book, pens, a notebook, my computer, some lip balm, gum and my lunch.

Do you think Brisbane has enough initiatives to offer local artists?

In terms of opportunities for emerging artists who choose not to pursue a conceptual or academic based arts practice I don’t think there are enough affordable opportunities to exhibit in a real gallery environment. I suppose we will just have to keep making our own opportunities and supporting each other in the industry.  

What's the best and worst things about Brisbane's creative industries? 

In Brisbane we are lucky to have some amazing art institutions, university art galleries and commercial spaces to give us inspiration. The worst thing is the lack of gallery spaces that feature alternative forms of art and design. I think that illustration and ‘lowbrow’ forms of art have a lot to offer and this is not necessarily recognised or valued enough in Brisbane like it is in cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

Where can people find more of your work?

I sell most of my work though Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. You can also find my work at The Happy Cabin in West End. Or if you’d like to chat about a commission you can contact me via my Facebook page ‘The Art of Lucinda Elisabeth Wolber’.