As we await the arrival of Arswandaru's show and Aussie' appearance this Friday - we catch up with his to talk through the concept of the show and his upcoming trip to sunny shores.
His paper limited edition fabric and paper prints ($50 and $100) will be available from 6pm Friday at The Club! Make sure you come along and meet the man himself!
CC: Talk us through the concept of the show?
A: Basically, the idea is about anything that happens around me in daily basis. I take consideration to the environment where I live (Bali), the healthy living that becomes a "trend", skateboarding and music that influence me a lot in many ways, also probably something more general like technology, the love-hate relationship with it.
CC: We've not seen silk screen fabric prints before - tell us about why you decided to exhibit your work this way?
A: I have some sort of personal connection with screen print and fabric. They're the most familiar things for me to work with since I was in high school. Back then I was doing it just for fun, to make the DIY stuff like tees, posters, etc. Also, I think fabric as a medium is the most common thing for people in general, we always wear any kind of fabrics, it's mass product, it's kitsch. With screen print method, sometimes there are some mistakes in the process, like the color or outlines are not perfect, compare to the digital work. There's some "human error", and that's how I want it. I don't really like the clean and perfect lines for my personal work.
CC: How long have you been working on this series, and did you ever expect to be touring with it internationally?
A: It's been a month or so, while doing some commercial work with tight deadlines. So I was kinda go back and forth, between commercial and personal work. It took a lot of time of trial and error as well. I didn't really expect to have a show overseas, yet I think it's not impossible.
CC: Why Australia?
A: The lowbrow art movement is growing massively in Indonesia nowadays and I think Australia has started it earlier, if I'm not mistaken . I think it's such a good opportunity to share my work with Australian audiences, also because most of my clients are Australian. So I think it's the time!
CC: Why The Culprit Club?
A: I've seen a lot of exhibitions at The Culprit Club (online), and joined some group shows as well which has been great. I think it's perfect to showcase my work there, good vibes and all.
CC: What're you packing in your travel bag?
A: Just some tees, pants, art supplies, and a skateboard.
CC: How can fans get in touch with you while you're in Brisbane?
A: Hit me up via DM on Instagram or email if you wanna meet up, hang out or do some rad stuff! I'll be in Brisbane for a few days, and will stay in Gold Coast and Melbourne for the rest of the trip.
Check out more info about the show - https://www.facebook.com/events/327941357649015/
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.
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’.