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We asked Cheeky Observer if her work has a consistent tone or message?

This has been a big focus of mine for the last 12 months; I’ve spent a lot of time meditating on what it is that I want to communicate through my work. Conceptually, I’m playing more and more with the idea of cultural consciousness, particularly in my less ‘commercial’ pieces - I want my creative output to be the kind that makes people feel something, inspires them to think differently, to see and act consciously.

I want my work to be a force for good.

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Art in Public space is important to a community because it offers up a world view, or story of someone without political motive. Made by the people, for the people.
Also, I find that our world in its current state is over-saturated with digitally polished and pixel perfect, and there is a growing need for handcrafted, raw, visceral creativity to put people back in touch with themselves.

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The last few months of 2016 were jam packed with a lot of large scale murals for me.
The most rewarding commission was one I did in Cape Town - my client wanted a piece reflective of South African culture, which was a challenge, as the nation’s history is quite sticky. I drew inspiration from the faces of the native people, the Afrikaans language, and the current drive and imperative so many of the people carry with them - to try and bring about social change through creative means.

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Looking towards the future. I would love to work more on large scale pieces with a purpose. Those with an agenda to better the world, through sustainability, awareness, or the general distribution of positive vibes. 

Mike Watt

Mike Watt shared some words on creativity and public art...check it out!

What is it in your mural work that is truly you? - something about the the subject matter, process or thinking that speaks to your personality or story!

I think it's when I have complete freedom and am able to find work that best suits the space. The subject matter will normally be my characters but if it's the right space and I think a city scape or something different would work well, I feel like it will still be truly mine even though it might be something quite different than I would normally paint.

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Something a lot of people don't know about Mike? My feet are pretty messed up, they're always covered with cuts and bruises. I'm really clumsy so I'm constantly kicking things on the ground and half falling over. I've got to remind myself to be extra careful when i'm painting up a ladder.

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I'm not sure if my work has much of a message but my personal work normally revolves around characters, I try to get some story in there even if it's just in their faces.

I think public art makes people happy, it stops them looking at their phones for a minute and gets them looking at something in front of them which can also create interaction with other people around them. I don't understand why anyone would choose a blank wall over a mural, it created happier, brighter places.

 

 

 

Chris Nixon

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I try to put a bit of myself in every installation I do so it keeps it relevant and challenging for me and allows a deeper connection with my work. I’ve always had this fascination (or struggle) with the balance between structure and freedom, which is a theme that continually reoccurs with my work. This can be looking at the balance between development and nature, or tighter and looser forms but that contrast and balance is always there for me and it’s an interesting ongoing conversation.

Something not a lot of people know about me is that I’ve had many unique jobs. I was a fishmonger once and I was a tour guide for a long time, drove a party bus for a bit as well as tearing it up as a wedding DJ and MC. I’ve got some classic stories about all them meeting some really interesting crew.

Balance or contrast between structure and freedom is always present in my work. I think there’s a real west coast influence in what I do too. I love the coast, east or west but there’s something about the west that draws me and I feel the same when I’m in the states or overseas anywhere - maybe it’s something to do with a bit more space over here or the sun setting over the ocean, but I think it definitely drives a consistent tone in my work. I’m really influenced by the coast and the outdoors and anything hand crafted so I’m always chasing this authentic nostalgic feeling in my work which I think comes back to west coast summers, warmth and surf.

 

Why do you think art in public space is important to a community?

Art in public space has massive potential as an artform to comment on and transform a community. Above everything, it opens a conversation and can often put everyone on a level playing field as every opinion or response is valid. I always encourage that dialogue when I’m installing, to get a sense of the community and see what people think - good or bad. If it’s bad, at least we’re now having a conversation about art and I always ask them to explain why they do or don’t like it to go a bit deeper. It’s also just fun to see art in unexpected places and on a large scale, which can really uplift a space.

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I’m working on a few major installs over here, integrating a lot more sculptural work and animated lighting - searching for new mediums to create engaging works. I’m working on a large install for a new stadium here that’s the biggest install to date combining painted surfaces with sound and lighting treatments which will be really interesting when it’s installed later this year. I’m always up for projects that push me creatively and take me out of my comfort zone and currently that means trying out new media and collaborating with other artists to boost the outcome. I’ve been working on a few office fitouts which has been great, collaborating with furniture designers and lighting suppliers to create overall schemes to transform a space. I also really enjoy working on hospitality fit-outs - bringing a bar or cafe to life with a few touches or a feature piece. The passion at the ground level of a launch for a bar or cafe is really nice to be a part of.

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Grizzzle bringing still-life to life with movemenT

to describe myself, would be where I start being site specific and working with the elements, subject that surrounds me in that moment. My colour palette is black/white and gold, and as a base I love working with those for boldness and reactions of light on gold, rare as it is I might introduce a colour palette if needed and communicates with the site. My process is bringing still-life to life with movement, to create a talking point and question, or even to sit back and enjoy the elements within the work.

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I got kicked out of my kids art class when I was 7 or 8 because I was bored and couldn't comprehend why the other kids couldn't complete the tasks needless say I was well frustrated, I was placed in the adult life drawing class and fit in. A little nod to my work being site specific I guess.

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I always keep to a body of work and stay with that until it's time to evolve, my canvas process and larger mural works are always connected as they're an extension of one another. As for the message, they adapt to the space though may be a hidden message in there for the viewer to find.

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Public Art purely serves to evoke emotion, communication and thought. If placed in the right location it will reaffirm the message the artist or curator is wanting to convey.

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My latest personal body of work is the production of still life's, bringing a stripped colour palette and my line work to a new level if being on their own or as a collage of elements to tell a story or draw attention to somewhat meaningless elements mixed with meaning elements to the foreground.

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Commercially I'm working tightly with Bacardi, more specifically 42below to create a sustainable brand for 2020, everything we create from the bottle to the byproduct, t-shirts, cups and even painting bars to tell the story of what a cheeky yet thoughtful brand can do.

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Mulga wants to make rad pictures that make people smile.

I love the beach and summer and this comes through a bit in my paintings especially when I am painting characters which are mostly always wearing sunglasses and looking like summer creatures. I like to paint beards as well because beards are magical, I've been growing my own one for a few years now and people often ask if my characters are a self portrait and I think that they all are to some degree. Before I was doing art for a job I was working in a finance job and I think a lot of the things I paint now are the complete opposite to that, lots of bright colours and rad characters just having a good time which is what wasn't happening in my office job.

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We asked Mulga what is something a lot of people don't know about him - "I've never had a drink of grog in my life."  Cheers to that!

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The consistent message in my work is mostly about being fun and not taking things too seriously and being childlike at heart. I want to make rad pictures that make people smile or that brighten up their day.

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Public art is hugely important to the community because it adds a lot of character and interest to a neighbourhood. It can make ugly areas into beautiful areas. What could be a plain boring grey wall can be one of colour and vibrancy brightening up the place making everyone happy. It's like the makeup for a neighbourhood.

I recently worked with Slurpee and Coca Cola and that was really cool because it was a way for me to get my art out in front of a lot more eyeballs than normal. The highlight of my career was being able to do some art for the Coca Cola billboard in Kings Cross. It was up for the month of December last year and it was pretty crazy. Both those projects where really cool because I was able to see my art animated and that is something that I would be super keen to see more of. If you are an animator and reading this get in touch for sweet collabs!

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Zeke's Lunchbox bringing to the world pure joy, wonder and escapism.

Julia Rich AKA Zeke's Lunchbox shared with us some insight into her creative process and what makes her tick.

I used to live in Laos as a child for three years. I think the culture, art and fauna have influenced me greatly. 

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I think micro details is kind of my specialty so having a larger scale means I can get really in there and focus on those tiny details I love so much. Being able to just spread some colour into the world is also quintessentially me.

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I think the overall tone has always been subverting what we consider attractive, sexy and/or cute. The future message I'd like to bring to the world is just pure joy, wonder and escapism. The idea of bringing that to people gets me really excited!

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Art in public spaces creates unified discussion. All having a common ground and jumping off point brings strangers together, irregardless of whether the talk is positive or negative. 

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I was recently asked to make a original artwork for a marketing agency called Wild Minded. We came up with a night scape filled with texture, plants and insects. This artwork was later printed into greeting cards for the business and it's been one of my favourite commercial projects because I didn't have to compromise my aesthetic too much. Any collaboration where my work is taken to a practical form is always exciting and something I'd definitely love to do more of in the future. 

Check out the vid below - an interview with Zeke's Lunchbox

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