INTERVIEW: MEL STRINGER

We caught up with local art angel, Mel Stringer to chat girly facts and the inspiration behind her artwork for upcoming fem first exhibition, Praise You (launching Thursday August 22 at Lightspace, Fortitude Valley). Anyone familiar with Brisbane art who know that Mel Stringer is an absolute veteran. As a women who inspires many with her creations and encourages pride and diversity across all body shapes and sizes, Mel Stringer is an artist we’re absolutely head over heels for.

WHO IS MEL STRINGER? I'm a 32 year old Australian artist based in Missouri.

YOU'VE SEEN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS IN THE LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ART AND DESIGN SCENES FOR SUCH A LONG TIME! HOW DID YOUR CAREER KICK OFF? I have been creative from an early age, having a cartoonist father helped with that. After I finished high school I worked for a year then convinced my parents to let me move to Brisbane to study art. They let me! I started making and distributing zines like Girlie Pains and involving myself in group shows. Livejournal and Deviantart were a great way to meet other likeminded artists, some of whom I've finally met since moving to the US!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE IN ONE SENTENCE? Equal parts sweet and sour, cute and tough curvy girls.

TELL US ABOUT THE ARTWORK YOU CREATED FOR PRIASE YOU. It was inspired from a recent trip to Joshua Tree and other desert-like places in the USA. It's a cute witch hanging out with an armadillo as the sun goes down.

WHAT DOES THIS ARTWORK AND THE CONTEXT OF THE EXHIBITION MEAN TO YOU? I wanted to create something peaceful with a little edge and a little bit of cute while showing off some curves. Also, I spent a lot of time painting it. It went through many transformations. It finally revealed itself to me and I had to stop putting down paint and know it was finished.

YOUR WORK REPRESENTS WHAT WE SEE AS AN ULTIMATE CREATIVE EXPRESSION OF BODY POSITIVITY, SHOWING THE BEAUTY OF PEOPLE ALL SHAPES AND SIZES AS WELL AS THE QUIRKS OF THEIR PERSONALITY THROUGH YOUR CUSTOMISED CHARACTERS! HOW DOES IT FEEL TO CREATE CHARACTERS, AND BE SUCH A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR THE INDUSTRY AND WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE THIS WAY? First and foremost I create for myself and am inspired by my own body and other body types similar to mine. To know I inspire or encourage people who may look similar is really encouraging. I wanted to create art that I wanted to see in magazine pages and hanging on walls.

IF YOU COULD LEAVE ONE LASTING MARK ON THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD IT BE, AND WHY? Just be kind to people.

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Muchos - Stacked: Launch Recap

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!

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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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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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NEW IN STORE: Jordan Debney Giclee Prints

We're very excited to have a number of limited edition prints and zines by Jordan Debney now available in store and online! We have a few sneaky side projects coming up with super soon with this legend, so keep an eye out on socials for JD updates comin' at ya!

In the mean time - peep your eyes on his limited edition zine - MESMER ( there's only two left in existence & we've got them) PLUS these gorgeous Giclee prints. In the art world “Giclee” (or zhee-clay, if ya fancy) is a fine art printing method of the highest quality standard using a combination of specialty software and hardware. It’s direct translation means, 'the thing that got sprayed' - referring to the inks application process to the paper.  We can't rave enough about the quality of these bad boys - super excited!

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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NO SUCH LUCK: FRIDAY 13th

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for NO SUCH LUCK last night, what a bloody turn out! To anyone who missed it, here's a little flick through some of the piece we had on display from:

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, JOEL MCDONALD, BILLIE SCHNEIDER, SHVMVN, ADAM AVERY, TUCKS ONE, JOE O'TOOLE,, ERIC BRUCKNER, MATTE & LUCKS.

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PRE-ORDER: CULPRIT CLUB DON'T TALK TEE

After months of you lot whinging that most of our apparel range is sold out of sizes, we finally got our shit together and listened to your cries! This cheeky culprit tee (featuring our brand spakin' new handstyle design) comes in two AS colour ways, (gold and pink) and they're all hand screen printed locally in Brisbane! As always, we do limited runs on all apparel, so get your eyes around the pre-order link and order one now while we've got ya god damn size!

INTERVIEW: MIKE WATT - NO SUCH LUCK

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? 

MW: Jason.

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!!