Today we've got some big news to share. It’s been almost two years that The Culprit Club have been occupying the loveable little hole in the wall gallery we've come to call home. We’ve enjoyed every second spent filling the laneway walls with art, but we’ve outgrown the parameters of our small store and need something... bigger!
Ey yo! Here's few pics from the 'Stacked' launch party shot by very talented human, Markus Ravik. You can check out the full photo set from the show on our Facebook. If you missed out and were wanting to snap up one of this happy-fun-time artworks, there are a very small amount of MUCHOS originals still available in store and online store so suss that before they're gone!
The Culprit Club is independent art gallery and retail store in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Our motive is motivation. We aim to exhibit the best and the worst from Australia's creative counterparts with no restriction or regulation.
We’re currently taking applications for a communications and graphic design intern.
Successful interns will assist the Creative Director in marketing and communication processes including blog writing (covering creative news, event and artist profiles) content creation/research, and social media marketing.
As we are a small, independent and creative-minded business, our marketing process is fun, organic and idea driven. This is not a ad-hoc, social-media scheduling role, so you must be confident, innovative and willing to put ideas forward.
We’re looking for a commitment to a minimum of at least 1 day per week, with availability to work within our studio in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane for at least 2 months. Working hours are flexible (Wednesday-Sunday).
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR:
- A student or recent graduate of design, digital media, communications, creative industries, journalism or public relations
- Any creative individual with first hand experience in creative communications and marketing
- Someone with an interest and passion for the creative industries
- Someone with an understanding of all social media platforms, Adobe Illustrator, photoshop and indesign
- Polished writing skills, (bonus points for published blog experience)
- Knowledge of graffiti culture and process will be HIGHLY regarded
HOW TO APPLY
If this opportunity is right up your alley, send your resume and portfolio (or weblink examples of your work) to email@example.com with ‘Your name – Culprit Club internship application’ as the subject line.
Please apply with your CV and cover letter, including your availability.
Applications close October 31.
* This is an unpaid internship
* Intern will be required to supply their own computer, however studio space/wifi/aircon/desk area etc will be provided
* Internship can be accredited to any relevant study requirements / subjects
With impending misfortune looming in the next month's trajectory, we're getting very excited to revel in all that is dark and dreary with an absolute banger of a group show, No Such Luck launching on Friday 13th of October.
FULL LINE UP: ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, MIKE WATT, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, MARK RICHARDSON, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, QUINCY MIKE, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, JOE O'TOOLE, ERIC BRUCKNER, MATTE & LUCKS.
We catch up with one of the feature artist's from the show, and a new comer to the gallery walls - Sydney based illustrator / creepy character creator, Mike Watt.
CC: Tell us about the piece you’re creating for No Such Luck - what’s the story behind it?
MW: I was a massive horror movie nerd when I was younger and Jason from Friday the 13th was my favourite character. When I got the brief all I could think of was Jason, I think he's probably already a sign of bad luck but I covered him with bits of broken mirror just to be sure.
CC: What materials did you use to create it?
MW: Mostly acrylic on water colour paper, there's a tiny bit of whiteout and biro in there too.
CC: Are you superstitious, if so - what of?
MW: I'm not that superstitious, but at the same time I'm really paranoid, so I avoid opening umbrellas inside and every thing I can just in case.
CC: What should you be afraid of on Friday 13th?
CC: What’s the most unlucky thing that’s ever happened to you?
MW: I think it's really unlucky to drop food. It sucks on so many levels, you loose your meal and then you have to clean up. It's the worst.
Check out the facebook event for more artist interviews, artwork previews and spooky stories in the lead up to Friday 13th!!
As we embrace the upcoming arrival of Friday 13th, the most unfortunate day in western superstition, The Culprit Club presents ‘No Such Luck’ - a group show embracing all that is unlucky by delving deep into the broken mirrors of misfortunate.
Featuring the original works of:
ART BY DALE, MUCHOS, SINDY SINN, SHIDA, IROK, DIZZY LITTLE DOTTY, MAD CROOK, MAID, MICKY HORA, MASONRIE, TORI-JAYE MORDEY, CRISIS, ZOO KEEPER, LUSID ART, HARLEY AND HANDEN, INK BOY, LACEY, MARK RICHARDSON, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, QUINCY MIKE, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, MOSESSA, MATTE & LUCKS.
Life a Picnic with the Good Timers! Hola to our boy Muchos for this cheery new mural outside the gallery!! Check out his latest work online at https://www.instagram.com/itsmuchos/
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.
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
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.
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.
Photos by our resident photographer big boss Markus Ravik.
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.
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.
The Culprit Club is proud to announce, BUSH FABLES – a solo exhibition of new works by Brisbane-based artist and illustrator, COURTNEY BRIMS.
Brims' latest collection of work draws attention to Australia’s vanishing flora and fauna species by blending themes of May Gibbs' and Norman Lindsay's nostalgic bush fairytales with the haunting eeriness of Australian’s iconic mystery novel, Picnic at Hanging Rock.
This illustrative series reflects the vulnerability of nature, but also her determination to endure mankind’s attempts to tame, confine and control her creations.
Inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape, these new works serve to promote appreciation and awareness of our unique biodiversity, whileexploring ideas of destruction, displacement, rebirth, and the delicate connectedness of nature.
Every species of plant and animal depicted throughout this series are native only to Australia, and can be found no where else on Earth.
The incredibly intricate pencil drawings of Courtney Brims' bleeds her creative curiosity and connection to the natural world.
Her works wisely whisper the dichotomies shared between prey and predator.
$10 from every 'Dusky Hopping Mice' print sold will be donated to Bush Heritage, a non-profit conservation organisation working to protect Australia’s native fauna and flora.
LAUNCH NIGHT: Friday June 09, 6pm
THE CULPRIT CLUB, Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley
RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1479171462145946/
As we come together as a collaborative crew of writers, painters, artists and skaters, barbers, blazers, drinkers and gamers - The Culprit Club,Babylon Falls Barbershop & Studio and Parliament Skate Shop proudly present ALL AS ONE round #2 at the zoo.
FREE ENTRY from 6PM (door cover from 8PM)
Featuring live music from:
6.30pm - 7.00pm Pet Possum
7.15pm - 7.45pm Beat Around
8:00pm – 8:45pm: Average Art Club
9:00pm – 9.45pm: Gratis Minds
10:00pm – 10:45pm: Wharves
11:00pm - 12.00pm: DROP LEGS
Free skate and comp from Parliament Skate Shop and live art from The Culprit Club and Ironlak Art and Design Brisbane(*door and comp prizes tba)
*Participation encouraged on walls, decks and stage - because it’s suppose to fun for (almost) everyone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for involvement info.
ALL AS ONE marks something new for Brisbane. It's too often we get tied up in life’s pursuits and forget the ideas and inspiration that brought us all together. We’re going back to the roots of who we are, to show homage to the industries we collectively live through and love by coming together collectively to hang out and have fun, all as one.
*$5 basics all night thanks to The Zoo
Cover and poster art created by INKBOY Inkboy Mike.
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.
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’.
In classic No Cure fashion, the mag cover is absolutely incredible! Printed square-sized to represent a vinyl record, it's perfect to add to any record/mag collection and we are frothin' it.
The new High Voltage edition will be a wet-dream for any music lover. The No Cure team have selected some of the finest artists and album art designers who’ve created work for some of the world’s best musical talent.
Artists featured in the issue including Andrew Fairclough, Ken Taylor, Morning Breath, Matthew Cooper, Ben Brown, French, Glenno Smith, WBYK, Dave Homer and Palehorse. A number of these artists will also be exhibiting in a SURPRISE pop up exhibition, excessively at The Culprit Club.
Join us THIS FRIDAY September 9 from 6pm. You can find us tucked up in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
RSVP and event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/318854768462157/
We have 4 very limited edition Bafcat tees available in store! Hand screen printed on AS Colour threads, these dope designs won't last long! At $70, the tees also come with Bafcat sticker and Culprit Club tote.
For online enquiries contact email@example.com or pop into the store at Winn Lane, Winn Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 4006