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!
With our upcoming exhibition, 'Alphabet Soup' only one week away, we catch up with exhibiting artist and OG Melbourne King, MERDA to talk the future, formative years and the changing direction of graffiti.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
Someone once described my work as a “Clean line, subtle colour, organic manga vector spaceship”.
IT SEEMS LIKE GRAFFITI WAS A BIG PART OF YOUR LIFE GROWING UP, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START PAINTING?
I started at a new school in 1985, (aged 15) where I crossed paths with GS38 (Grand Sorcerer Thirty Eight), one of Melbourne’s early graffiti pioneers. His work and what he exposed me to then definitely inspired my work to change direction and focus more on lettering styles.
HOW HAS THIS MOTIVATION CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?
I find with getting older, there is an increased amount of responsibilities in life which can sometimes make it a little more difficult to pursue things artistically.
YOU WERE PAINTING WELL BEFORE THE INFLUENCE OF THE INTERNET. HOW HAS SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCED/IMPACTED YOUR WORK SINCE?
It hasn’t really affected my visual style, but it has definitely changed the way I connect with the viewer.
DO YOU THINK SOCIAL MEDIA HAS INFLUENCED THE GRAFFITI SCENE AS A WHOLE? AND IF SO, HAS IT BEEN FOR THE BETTER OR WORSE?
The original concept of painting illegally was a method of exposing your artwork to others. Social media does the same thing, but instantly. Everyone is hunting for the next best thing, it’s a revolving door which will never stop. We validate success by the amount of followers you have, and not by artistic merit … is that a good thing?
CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
There’s pretty much four steps - A thought, rough sketch, refinement of that sketch and a finished artwork. It all starts out with an idea or subconscious thought, which is drawn on a piece of paper and then refined into a better drawing, which is then taken to the finishing stages either by hand or by using a computer.
WE SEE STRONG DIGITAL INFLUENCE IN YOUR STYLE, HAVE YOU EVER DABBLED IN GRAPHIC DESIGN?
Yes, I started designing for clothing companies in the late 80s and was eventually offered a job which got me into computer graphics around 1995. A lot of my work back then was hand drawn, first using a rotring pen then scanned and vectorised for colouring and separations.
ARE THERE ELEMENTS OF AEROSOL TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR DIGITAL WORK?
Not so much the medium, but theme of using lettering has certainly remained a very strong part of my work.
WHO’RE YOUR FAVOURITE WRITERS, AND WHY?
Back when I started writing, Zephyr was definitely one of my favourites. Also TCA (The Chrome Angels) from the UK because of their flow in lettering styles.
WHO’RE YOUR FAVOURITE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, AND WHY?
Contemporary artists I admire would be Constanze Zikos, Howard Arkley and Frank StelIa. I’ve always liked the fact that an artist can still inspire after death.
YOUR WORK WILL BE FEATURED IN OUR UPCOMING GROUP EXHIBITION, ALPHABET SOUP, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE CREATING FOR THE SHOW?
Something three dimensional with shadows, tones and depth using graphite.
The Culprit Club is excited to announce our first exhibition of 2018, ‘ALPHABET SOUP’.
This highly anticipated A-Z art show will feature 26 local, interstate and international artists, each selected for their style, strength and skill in typography and letter formation including:
MERDA, SCOTT MARSH, JOEL BIRCH, PHIBS, MAIDE, CALLUM PRESTON, JIMMY NICE, MUCHOS, KISS, JOE O’TOOLE, IAN MCCALLUM, DRAPL, SOPHIA MARY MAC, GETBIE, FALCO, GEHAN MAGEE, MITCH WALDER, DRULE, BILLIE THE KID, EMMANUEL MOORE, MITCH R, INKBOY, CARLA SCOTTO, COL MCELWAINE, SABINE PICK AND OSLOE.
LAUNCHING: Friday, February 23rd at 6pm at The Culprit Club in Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane / Artworks will be on display for the following four weeks.
*Original and print edition artworks will be available exclusively through The Culprit Club gallery and online store.
Brisbane is a funny little city. Every now and then a commission wall gets capped, and people tend to get quite upset about it. Sometimes, in an even funnier turn of events, an artist will make t-shirt about their resentment. We catch up with 1337 to scope out how he snapped back at one of street art's most internationally acclaimed artists, Anthony Lister.
TELL US ABOUT HOW THIS FIASCO STARTED?
Well ... Lister capped my work and tried to diss me in public so I made a t-shirt about it. I think it's pretty funny.
WHICH WALL WAS IT?
Bloodhound Bar in Fortitude Valley. We were actually askeded to paint under listers work by the owners so we made it a bit of community spot to showcase a number of different artists.
LUCKS HAD A BIT OF A BITE BACK ABOUT LISTER ON THE WALL TOO, YEAH?
Yeah, I think he was as disappointed as the rest of us. Some of us have know Ant for a
long time and its a shame he’s chosen to play like this.
HAVE YOU HAD A REACTION FROM LISTER?
He messaged me and said he was disappointed about what I’d done after being friends for 25 years. But even after being friends for so long he still wrote that shit on the wall, so tshirt.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE GET THE SHIRTS?
Find more of 1337's work on Instagram, @drunkhorror (www.instagram.com/drunkhorror)
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 email@example.com + we have the book available in store and online!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Following on from our earlier blog, posted Monday this week, 'SCOTT MARSH REVISITS REEF KILLER, BRINGS BETOOTA HUMOUR' comes a continuing statement story of power vs the people as Palaszczuk and the local police take on Scott Marsh, questioning his 'permission' to legally paint the Anti-Adani mural in Fortitude Valley.
On day five on his mural painting progress, within an hour of Annastacia Palaszczuk's mug appearing on the wall next to the life size columns of the Betoota Advocate article, Marsh was shut down on site by police officers and interviewed by two detectives from Brisbane Criminal Investigation Branch over claims of 'malicious damage' to the property.
Brisbane City CIB detectives also questioned continuously whether he had been given permission by the building's management (Bloodhound Bar) to use their building as a canvas, to which he quite obviously did.
"It's bizarre, I've been painting walls for 15 years and I've never had this happen before, it smells like censorship to me," said Marsh.
Stay tuned as the Reef Killer saga continues!
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
After causing quite a political stir with his hard hitting mural that suggested 'Annastascia Palaszczuk was going above and beyond to ensure that Adani's Carmichael Coal mine puts a bullet in the back of Nemo's head', party representatives instead claimed his work (pictured below) created in May of this year, 'risked inciting violence and sends out the completely wrong message about how to bring about political change.'
Taking on the critical feedback of the Labour and Green representatives, Marsh has returned and rebutted with a less graphically confronting, yet more formulated approach, bringing a large scale rendition of the Betoota Advocate's article to life. You can read the original article titled 'Palaszczuk Says Coral Bleaching Low On List Of Priorities After Rise Of Graffiti In Brisbane', here.
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 email@example.com 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’.
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!