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!
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!
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.
Over 4 years, (2012-2015) photographer Kyel Golly documented photos in a world of the lost, the found and the free.
On October 27th, 2017, Kyel Golly and The Culprit Club launch his first official book - NOT YOUR ORDINARY, showcasing 800 stand out photos from this time.
Featuring the work of local artists all over Brisbane, and sharing the scattered memories of people, places and faces prevalent in our city's forgotten foresight, this book is one for the archives.
LAUNCH NIGHT will also feature an exclusive print photo series (each available for $25), giveaways and live acts.
NOT YOUR ORDINARY is a high-quality, 60 page photo journal (350 GMS cover, cello gloss, 150 GSM test, pur/lock bound) printed locally in BNE.
This is not graffiti.
This is not urban exploration.
This is not your ordinary Brisbane.
This is not your ordinary book.
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!!
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/
If you've not yet been online aquatinted with our current resident angel, Harley of 'Harley and Handen' - now's the time to read up. This talented lady has been working on a number of different creative projects around Brisbane, kicking goals in the crafty community. We were very excited to have her with us for a 4 week residency at The Culprit Club while she created her in house project - an embroidered and embellished denim jacket surrounding the theme of heartbreak. Get to know the influences and motivations of Harley through our catch up interview below!
How would you describe your style in one sentence?
Embroidery: Lost and confused, but finding it's way. Collage: Naughty, true blue, feminine.
Can you tell us a bit about the piece you're creating through your Culprit Club residency?
I'm doing my thing on a denim jacket I rescued from an op shop. I've themed it around heartbreak and missing someone. Over the past year or so I've been doing a lot of journalling and writing down my experiences and feelings, just as a therapeutic release. I never really like to publicly share stuff like that, but I recently decided it would be a great starting point and inspiration for my art. This jacket is mostly based off the time I spent with a great guy in NYC earlier this year, who I had to sadly leave behind when returning to Australia. The time I spent with him was amazing and kind of feels like a dream because I was so far from home. We would never have crossed paths any other way apart from the way that we did. I was working as a dancer at Pumps Brooklyn, and he was a customer. We instantly clicked, and spent most of the time I had left there together. He took me to art galleries and his favourite spots around NYC as he had lived there all his life, easily one of the best times in my life so far. The jacket also has some sub-stories in a way. I based it around friends, and friends of friends who have recently lost someone close to them. It's so devastating to hear when someone has passed, let alone passed when it really wasn't their time to leave. So this is kind of for them, as well as for me.
What inspired your focus on embroidery and embellishment?
I've always done embroidery, I was taught at a young age by my Ma, and have continued since then. Take away embroidery and there wouldn't be much else left in my life. It has taken me so, so long to get into apparel though. I was never confident enough in my own ideas for fashion, so I only took on commission works. This residency is a good kick in the butt to get my ideas rolling and to have something completed at the end.
How does this compare to your collage work?
My embroidery and my collage are still very different from each other, which I love. I think the funniest way to describe them is that they're both my children, but to two different baby daddies. After years of experimentation, I feel my collages now have a very individual style. I only use Australian flora and landscapes, paired with beautiful ladies from vintage Playboy and Penthouse magazines. I've recently started incorporating textured paint and scribbles over the top of them, in their frames, which I haven't seen many artists do, let alone collage artists, so I am extremely happy with where my collages are at the moment.
My embroidery is still finding it's feet as I don't have a unique illustration style. I have played around with doing Australian flora but I didn't enjoy the final outcomes. It's still a work in progress which I am enjoying.
How/where did these creative interests begin?
Lately I've grabbed inspo' from my travels and adventures, also my feelings and the weird thoughts I have to myself on the train, after I've been left on seen, or when I've fallen completely in love with someone I've known for a day. I've enjoyed being a little more transparent about the emotions we all go through yet mostly just keep to ourselves. My life has definitely improved by openly talking about experiences and emotions I go through.
What's the story behind the name, Harley and Händen? (we're assuming handen as a German reference to hand?)
Yeah! Firstly, I wanted my name to be in it, and also the initials to be H&H. I based it off the word 'hand' because I never want to go into mass production, everything I make will be made by me, by hand. I chose to translate hand into Swedish because I always admired their simple and clean designs, which is something that my Ma constantly told me, "the back must be as neat as the front". Fast forward a year or two later, I was at a family reunion on my Dad's side, and I found out my great, great, great grandparents came over from Sweden on a boat, aged 21, so that was rad to find out.
Who're you favourite artists/ creative icons, and why?
My all-time favourite artist and person is Bob Dylan. Watching interviews and reading about him inspires me SO much. At such a young age he knew what he wanted, and he worked hard towards getting it. He didn't care what other people thought of him and dealt with the negativity in such a great way. He was kind of cocky and harsh at times, which I like, but confident and seemed like a very loyal friend once you were 'in'. One of my favourite interviews of his was the one he did in 1965 with Time Magazine, watch it when you have a spare six and a half minutes. I continue to admire him as he is 76 and still tours more days than he has off. His birthday is also exactly a week after mine, so I take that as a nice sign. Also rad artists such as Tyler, The Creator get's me going because they too don't give a fuck, they just do their thing. I'm definitely no where near as hectic and in-your-face as he is, but I definitely notice similar traits in the way he goes about his art.
If we were to trawl through your backpack, what would we find?
You'll always find at least one embroidery needle with thread attached, sometimes you'll be lucky to find a current WIP, Blistex, which has been a massive help this winter! Usually a stack of receipts or notes that have been in there for decades, lolly wrappers and a holographic purse. Nothing too crazy!
Do you think Brisbane has enough initiatives to offer local artists?
I think it does, but at the same time (just like Nutrigrain) you're only gunna get out what you put in. There's plenty of art collectives around, I'm involved in three: Primary Arcade, TBC and Brisbane Collage Club. These groups have helped me immensely both in self growth and my art, but all of this 'success' in a way also comes with sleepless nights, volunteering your time, energy and resources to help out with exhibitions or market days. Most of the people in these communities help you up and support you, they'll go out of their way to give you feedback or tag you in an article that could be helpful to you. I know there's also a lot of cool local publications that are helping out the creative community too. You just gotta remember you're only gunna get out what you put in.
Where can people find more of your work?
A website is still in progress, but the best way is to check in on my Instagram @harleyandhanden, I post a heap of progress shots in my story, and always have new content up every few days. I'm also vlogging my time at the Culprit Club, so check into YouTube for those.
Check our Haley's Vlog's here and stay tuned for a photo series blog of her completed residency project!
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/
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’.
Prolific in the national and international graffiti scene, and fast becoming one of Australia’s most promising conceptual artists, JOHN KAYE’s diverse range of paintings have seen his style and success praised across an international scale.
The Culprit Club is proud to announce, PORCELAIN PARADISE - A Book Launch and Exhibition by John Kaye.
PORCELAIN PARADISE as a publication was created from a personal journal that contained daily thoughts and drawings – recorded over a four month period in eight different countries beginning in January 2016.
The artwork exhibited in this show was inspired and created throughout this experience. All artworks available in the PORCELAIN PARADISE showcase are new, original works, available exclusively via The Culprit Club.
We catch up with the lege for a quick chat about the Porcelain Paradise and the inspiration behind it.
Can you talk us through the name Porcelain Paradise and what it means to you?
JK: It's a personal and important title to me that directly reflects my own experiences and then as a result has lead me to this point. The details and stories aren't so important at the moment but the name is a good fit and something that certain people can consider, interpret and possibly relate to.
What made you decided to turn the idea into a book?
JK: It's something that made me feel really uncomfortable, I'm not naturally an outgoing person and the idea of publishing the pages of my diary was intimidating to say the least. 'Porcelain Paradise' Is literally my personal notes and drawings to myself, accompanied by all my paintings and photographs from the same period. It's where all my work begins and stems from, and it's the most honest thing I have to offer at present. I have treated every copy of this "book" as a personal piece of artwork. It's probably the most important thing i've made to date. Even though i'm still hesitant about the whole idea, there isn't much satisfaction in comfort anyway.
How many works are you exhibiting in the show and how do they correlate to the book?
JK: There is a series of nine paintings along with some larger work that will be on display. Everything I am exhibiting reflects on the same experiences and is the direct outcome of whats captured within the publication.
You've said your travel experiences are the heavy influence of these works. Can you tell us about a few key moments that inspired you from your trip?
JK: Every moment contributes in one way or another, i can't highlight a particular event that inspired me, they are all as important as each other. One thing might seem to effect me more deeply, but as far as the work goes- everything eventually connects.
Seems like you've been travelling forever. Good to be home?
JK: You know what they say!
Why exhibit at The Culprit Club?
JK: I wanted to make sure this happened in Brisbane, and I'd heard good things.