Stupid Krap takes a fresh and innovative angle on selling and promoting limited edition prints from some of the best emerging and established artists locally and internationally. Check out our interview with the lads who founded and run this exciting and inspiring company.
ROAR: How did Stupid Krap start and what is its purpose?
Aaron: Australian pop artist, Ben Frost, founded Stupid Krap back in 2005 as a way of selling and promoting urban and street art independently from the conservative gallery system. Our goal is to create another platform to present promising, fast-rising and established artist’s original work to the world. We are interested in providing limited edition, highly collectible artwork to collectors in both Australia and internationally, and also offering a user-friendly and less confronting way of discovering artists and buying art outside of the traditional gallery system.
ROAR: Who are the main people involved in this company and what is their background in the art industry?
Aaron: The team at Stupid Krap is super small. There's Ben Frost, myself, and a silent partner.
Ben is an Australian painter who has been making art in a range of genres for the last 15 years throughout the world. His work can be pretty confronting and innovative and is often branded ‘controversial’ for his graphic social commentary of consumerism and advertising.
I am a graphic designer with a background in fine art and photography. I have been creating art for years but have never really taken it too seriously other then exhibiting in the odd group show. I studied fine art in Newcastle and graphic design in Brisbane.
Our silent partner is also a graphic designer and handles most of our web-based stuff.
ROAR: What are some highlights and achievements of Stupid Krap so far?
Aaron: Before my involvement in Stupid Krap, Ben curated 'Paste-Modernism', which was the largest 'paste-up' exhibition in Australia. It featured 50 artists and filled over 150 square metres of wall space on Cockatoo Island. SK also curated notable exhibitions and installations at the MCA Sydney, MTV Gallery, Splendour In The Grass and Playground Weekender to name a few.
Currently we are about to host the Australian premiere of global graffiti documentary, Bomb It 2, at the State Library of QLDthis Friday. We have a new print exhibition in Brisbane opening in a few weeks titled 'Breaking The Seal', and we have also just opened up submissions to the first Red Book Art Prize. It is a bespoke hard cover art book we are releasing in conjunction with Blurb Books and the Analogue/Digital Creative Conferences. People can get more details and submit their work via this page: http://www.analoguedigital.com.au/stupid-krap-red-book-art-prize-proudly-supported-blurb
ROAR: How can people be a part of your exciting company if they want to purchase art, go to events or if they are an artist themselves?
Aaron: Original and/or limited edition artwork is available for purchase through our site (www.stupidkrap.com), we release new artwork weekly. To stay up to date with events we are hosting and new releases, jump on our mailing list.
Our door is always open to artists sending in their work for us to check out, in fact its one of the great parts of the job, being in touch with so many talented people. I'd obviously recommend any aspiring artists also enter their work into the Red Book Art Prize.
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