INTERVIEW: MAID & RETRO - SOMNAMBULISTS

"Somnambulists is a six part film series that follows the actions of MAID and RETRO on their recent Italian adventure. The series takes a fresh approach to filming, editing and track selection which results in high-end filming, drone footage, slow cuts, and bleeding edge bass music taking you on a journey so intimate you’ll feel like you’re sitting on the tracks eating spaghetti bolognese."

With the 3rd edition of Somnambulists, 'Greetings from Genoa ' fresh on our screens, we catch up with the infamous Aussie duo, MAID and RETRO to talk through the Somnambulists series, and their shared 'sleepwalker' experiences across Italy.

CC:  Tell us about how did the Somnambulists concept come about?

RETRO: I guess always watching graffiti movies with gangsta rap on real fast pace never really gave me the feeling that I was there, as I've experienced it first hand. So I tried looking for songs and found it was the slow pace video editing that made me feel like I was there in the moment.

MAID: Retro was the ideas man behind it all. I think he did an awesome job giving it the right feel. Spots can be very stressful, but painting is a very quiet activity. We returned from the US and were a bit sad we couldn't create something to share of our travels and painting so next trip we locked in Tom Rolfe to come and shoot it all.

CC: You’ve gone into the definition of the word in the video descriptions (Noun: A condition that is characterised by walking while asleep or in a hypnotic trance.) Is this how painting feels to you?

RETRO: Feeling calm in these experiences is important most of the time....

MAID: Mostly, yeah. Painting can be another world. I feel completely free to roam around and do what I feel. It’s a nice peaceful trance.

CC: What was your favourite model and why?

RETRO: for me, Rome... we met with great people. We painted a model in a spot that I've tried several times over the years, so to get that done felt really good!

MAID: The Northern line - model and colour!

CC: What was your favourite destination and why?

RETRO: Napoli for the Pizza and metro.

MAID: It’s a hard one. I loved travelling through all the cities and seeing all different ways of life and architecture. Although, Napoli did have beach of cats and Mt. Vesuvius!!

CC: How did it compare to painting at home?

RETRO: At home I’m chill.. I work plenty to feed my addiction of travelling and painted a few times every year. I still love painting here, but there seems to always be problems and too many politics that come with it...

MAID: Yes, I agree. I wish we painted more at home, but at the moment we are just focusing on working at home.

CC: Do you always paint as a pair?

RETRO: Umm yeah. For the last couple of years it has been a consistent doing. It works well because we are both pretty relaxed in these moments. We are both motivated to travel and consistently try paint while away.

MAID: Mostly. Even if one of us has planned to paint, the other will come for the drive but then most likely do something too.

CC: If we were to trawl through your travel bags, what would we find?

RETRO: SD cards, cameras, a few t-shirts and shorts.

MAID: Lots of random shit. Good jeans, sneakers and goretex. Drawing supplies, a crystal, shells, a good book and oils.

CC: Can you tell us something that happened along that way that we won’t see in the clips? 

RETRO: A whole lot of driving was done over that 3 weeks... not a whole lot of relaxing though.

MAID: Some close calls and weird conversations with police. Then there was all the rad people who made me coffee, and Tom’s Rolfe sleep deprivation.

CC: What were the major highlights?

RETRO: Pizza, gelato and overall just doing galves.

MAID: A line, B line, Margaritas in Napoli. 

CC: What’s next for MAID and RETRO?

RETRO: Well the plan is hopefully to do another trip by the end of the year, but it's hard to leave an Australian summer for an international winter....

MAID: More travel and more painting. And hopefully release some artwork pieces together!

Keep an eye on @liquidpastels and @blogtheif instagram accounts for updates, and catch the next episode coming soon via the @ironlak youtube channel. 

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. 

FEATURE ARTIST: PROCREATIV

As a close friend and extended family to The Culprit Club, it gives us great pleasure to introduce ProCreativ. Having spent many years travelling, he 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. 

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How would you describe your style in one sentence? 
Tentacle inspired, funkified movement, with a touch of darkness and a twist of light. 

Tell us about the current piece you have available at The Culprit Club?
“Octoblast”. It’s an exploding octopus. Acrylic on canvas. 

Where did your creative career begin, and how did it progress to where you are now? 
It began with copying my uncles 70s record sleeves as a 10 year old kid, I then discovered illegal graffiti at 13 which blew my mind. Most of my art training was done on the streets during the 90s.. This eventually led me to crave creativity of any kind. I was in a career where I wasn’t happy, so I ended it, and began my art journey. Now I work on mural projects, illustrations, canvases, digital art, hand painted signage and art installation. 

Who are your major creative influences, and why? 
So many and for so many different reasons. Alphonse Mucha and H R Giger had a massive influence on me in my younger days, with the flow and energy in their works. Glen Barr, Anthony Ausgang, AAron Horkey, Hannah Yattah, Onour, Rough, Robert Williams and the list goes on. Old school writers like Merda, Delta, Puzle, Cruel, Dio. They were, and still are, true style innovators. My daughter, just because. My friends and peers who are always pushing forward. They influence my drive. 

What’s the best and worst things about being a Brisbane local artist? 
Best thing: Being part of something that is alive and thriving, with a bright future.  Worst thing: Not enough diversity in artists getting opportunities.... And all that buff. 

Do you find it difficult sourcing paid mural work in the city? 
Sometimes. It depends how hard I go looking for it.

If we were to trawl through your studio, what would we find? 
Paint, works in progress, a sketch book from 1990. My studio is my base but anywhere can become a makeshift work space. 

What’s the future got in store for Procreativ?
A life time of creativity. Keep sharpening the blades. Exciting projects and good times. 

Where can people find more of your work? 
A few random walls around Brisbane, several bars in the valley, Aether Brewing at Milton has my art on all their beers, my lounge room, and I exhibit regularly in group art exhibitions like No Acronym.

@Procreativ and @Procreativ_digital on instagram

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CARDBOARD GREY SKULL - SODA MOUF & GRAHAM HARE

Two of our favourite street vigilantes have put together a very interesting secret pop up show, scheduled for this Sunday! 

Although the location for their show has not yet been revealed, we do know there will be a giant cardboard castle in the making that will be hosting a number of new artworks by Graham Hare and Soda Mouf, all available for purchase at this event only.

We have a sneaky suspicion we might know where in West End.. Let the games begin!