Whilst in Melbourne during October “MAD” got the chance to hang out with “Qwux ” Director & Founder of Rah Collective ” “Qwux” was down there helping organising the 360 Project alongside our dear friends Trunk Junk Quartley. Since then “Mad” and “Qwux” have found they dont just have there first name in common but they both share the drive, to keep exposing talented young artists which hides beneath surface of the suburbs. We are in the progress of organising a show together which will be coming together in early 2012.
1. One reason you make art:
I make art because i don’t want to spend my life doing something else.
2. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
I have always wanted to make a toy. Something like the awesomely colourful kaiju stuff. I was looking at making a rotocast soft vinyl toy, but there is a lot of work, and some science behind it that I just don’t have the time to master right now, so I will be focussing on a cast resin figure to start with!
3. Favorite country or city visited:
i haven’t travelled much, but i am in love with japan. osaka is rad, kyoto is so chill, tokyo is just so over the top and hokkaido is amazing in the winter! plus, the food… it is just such an amazing place that i ended up publishing a book of photographs i took while i was over there, and it was so hard to cut the three thousand odd photos down to the seventy seven that got printed.
4. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:
be rad and work hard.
5. Something you want the world to know about you:
i am working on a line of t-shirts and accessories that should be available in the first half of next year, as well as a limited edition toy. there isn’t much more info then that at the moment, with lots of things in the works and lots of hush hushness going on…
6. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:
people who just talk talk talk, but never doing anything. i think this poster sums it up best – http://joeyroth.com/poster/
7. Something that concerns you:
boners in track pants. but seriously, there is a lot of fucked up shit going on in the world, and it can be so depressing.
8. Artists you admire:
James Jirat Patradoon, he is definitely my favourite. his style and output is amazing! apart from him, i like KID9, Lamour Supreme, and Mark Drew. the list can go on, but i will stop it there.
9. Favorite quote(s):
that’s what she said.
10. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?
i procrastinate a lot. that’s why it is called pro-crastination. but when i am, i usually have a look through my tumblr dash till i see something and think, fuck, i should have done that. then i get back to it.
11. What is your most defining characteristic?
my viking beard and my unrelenting drive. but mostly my viking beard.
12. What is your greatest fear?
getting eaten by a shark, they have really bad breath.
13. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:
this is tricky, i always made art, and i went to art school, and i got some work published… but the first time i thought “this is it” was when i shipped my work over to new york for a show.
14. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:
i have always wanted to speak japanese. does that count?
15. who would you thank for teaching or showing you the art world:
Stuart Bailey – he is probably the biggest influence on me that made me be who i want to be, and drove me to focus more on my art! and my best mate, Yewot, for having more natural talent than me, so i had to play catch up!
16. tell me about Rah Collective?
Rah Collective is an artist collective and company that i founded with a few friends. it all start with a group show a few years ago and has grown into a great deal of shows, zines, and a book or two! (the or two is on its way…). there are six of us currently running Rah Collective, being Luke Burcher, Jessica Minervini-Eringa, Kirst Ohh, Jess Cally and Thom Bransdon. most of our work is illustrative and based on paper.
17. where is Rah going in 2012?
2012 is already here in a way, as we are currently working on the second Rah Collective book, which will feature work from 60 or so emerging and student artists from all over Australia. there are also big plans for a line of tees, accessories and at least one limited edition resin toy. add all that to an already full exhibition schedule and you will find us to be some very busy people!
Check out more of Qwux work HERE