Art Asylum: Let’s start off with an introduction, tell us a little about how you met and formed Static and give us a little insight into the collective? Do you have any formal training such as art school or are you self-taught?

Static: Static are a design collective formed in the North of England, Craig and Tom met at art college and took their degrees in Liverpool and Edinburgh respectively. They draw on their backgrounds in Graphic design and Fine art and their combined exposure to all forms of art and design, media influences, everyday life and social and environmental influences. They work in screen prints, stencils, painting and paste-ups, all created in house and are continually exploring new ways to express their ideas and creativity.

Art Asylum: How is working as a team different than working alone and what is the process?

Static: We have 2 maxims that have got us where we are: 1) Two heads are better than one. 2) Always keep in sight where you want to be and don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Working solo sometimes means you don’t get the opportunity to appreciate what’s going on around you; working as we do is more fun and allows us to develop
ideas and images a lot further than we would if we were working alone.

Art Asylum: Although your work consists of various styles, it primarily focuses on demonstrating one of the most honest and intrinsically personal topics going on. That’s the cheapening of culture via the commercialization and homogenization of society. What is the motivation behind these images?

Static: To highlight the sociological and environmental conflicts and conundrums we encounter in the media and our everyday lives, to give people another point of reference and interfere with their perception of the world around them.

Art Asylum: Your work is full of detail and patterns, it is apparent that there are many elements that make up each body of work. What type of media and methods are used to create these scenes?

Static: We source images and ideas from everywhere, mix them up, take them apart and then look for the things that tie them together or contrast in serendipitous ways.

Art Asylum: How do you select the images you reference in your work – for example “Right Hand Red”?

Static: With ‘Right Hand Red’, as soon as we saw the original image we knew exactly what we wanted to do with it. We weren’t searching for anything in particular at the time and this isn’t the case with every piece we create, but sometimes things just fall into place.

Art Asylum: And with your images, how do you go about naming a particular piece, are the images based around a concept or the concept based on the
images? Which originates first? What do you think is the most important influence in your art?

Static: Ah, the ‘Chicken or the Egg’ question…. The jury’s still out on that one. T Static: Images C Static: Concept

Art Asylum: How would you describe your art for somebody who is not familiar with your work?

Static: ‘History re-written in the hands of someone wearing boxing gloves.’

Art Asylum: Some artists create solely with the audience in mind while others use their creative prowess to produce work with no specific meaning, what is the drive behind some of your images? Do you think of an audience when you produce your art?

Static: We rely on the rule-of-thumb mostly, if it gets 4 thumbs up it’s a goer… any indecision and it’s back to the drawing board.

Art Asylum: What do you want to communicate as an artist to the people when they see your work? Does it matter?

Static: That despite everything to the contrary, humanity shares a common bond and common goal that is in our best interests to protect, cherish and pass on to future generations.

Art Asylum: As a collective do you ever experience any creative conflicts? How do you think working together as a team opposed to working individually has affected your career?

Static: Everyday is a creative conflict, battles are won and lost, wars are raged, peace-pipes are smoked, negotiations are made, arguments are forgotten, ideas are realized. None of the above would be much fun if we worked alone.

Art Asylum: Are there any specific qualities that you bring into the work individually?

Static: We both complement each other pretty well really, without going into detail, if we both had the same attitude we’d either get nothing done or implode trying to do too much.

Art Asylum: What motivates you to make work and stay focused in the studio?

Static: The realization that we’re extremely lucky to be in the position we’re in. Not many people get to make a living from the things they love doing and we really appreciate how fortunate we are and hope we continue to get the support we’ve gained along the way so far.

Art Asylum: Most artists have an immediate recognizable trait or influence in their work, who or what influences you?

Static: As Paul Smith said, “You can find inspiration in anything… and if you can’t, look again.”

Art Asylum: Unlike most artists all your prints are designed, printed and packaged by you in house, including all hand detailing and embellishments. Has this created any benefits or disadvantages to the production of your work?

Static:  In having such close control over our work, we’ve been able to experiment and develop ideas and pieces in our own time instead of just handing them over to someone else. This means we can continually adjust composition and colour etc right up until the last minute, which has resulted in work only being released when we feel it’s reached its natural conclusion.

Art Asylum: Over the years you have done some collaborations, however if you had the chance to work with any artists of your choice who would it be and why?

Static:  If we could only choose one it would have to be Faile. We’ve got the utmost respect for their work, ethos and achievements.

Art Asylum: By viewing your work it is evident that your work clearly indicates artists with a prodigious work ethic who have achieved a high level of
sophistication and craftsmanship, when most artists do not find their niche for years, how did you come to find your passions?

Static: There’s always room for improvement and we don’t consider ourselves to have reached our full potential as yet. We’re very happy with what we’ve achieved so far and will continue to push ourselves forward and develop our ideas in new and exciting ways for as long as we can.

Art Asylum: What other interests do you have besides art? What do you do for fun? If given the choice to skip work for a day how would you spend your day?

Static: A day off usually goes something along these lines… cycling, visit a gallery, park, pub, pass out.

Art Asylum: If you weren’t artists what would you be doing?

Static:  T Static: Searching for answers. C Static: Hiding the truth.

Art Asylum: I never asked this question before but have always been curious, is there any specific type of atmosphere that you like to be in when creating your art, for example – having music in the background, quietness, day, night…??

Static:  T Static: Music and a good supply of coffee/ Guiness. (Other alcoholic beverages are available) C Static: It depends on what we’re working on really, if we’ve got a deadline or a small window of opportunity, we’ll work whatever the hour, whatever the conditions, but to be fair I’d agree with Tom’s answer.

Art Asylum: Tell us something we do not know about Static? If you could share anything with our readers what would it be?

Static: We’re pathological liars who just want to be believed…

Art Asylum: Where do you see yourselves going from here, what is the focus or goal for your art in the future?

Static:  We’ve recently been working on an exclusive print for Art Asylum Boston, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Moon landing in 1969, titled ‘Intergalactic Planetary (Outlet Space)’ – and it’s a hyper-global, interplanetary franchising vision of the not-to-distant future where the Moon is our biggest natural source of energy. On the horizon we’re working on a few really exciting projects and putting together some new pieces that will hopefully form the basis of a show later on in the year here in the UK. Getting back out on the streets and using our website to document where we’re at and where we’re going is also on the agenda – don’t forget to follow the Chinook Chandelier…

Cheers – STATIC

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