Interview and photos by Dave Court
In the manic lead up to the Adelaide Fringe, I caught up with the boys that call themselves Beyond Killa, artists Lucas Croall and Gab Cole, at their studio and had a chat.
What is Beyond Killa?
Two grown men that live at home, mastering the art of painting triangles; or putting borderline questionable content on t-shirts and calling it Art.
How did you guys meet?
Through the private school scene basically, if your dad doesn’t earn over 150K it’s not likely that we’d talk to you.
What is Art?
A huge joke; its like okay, you’re a lazy selfish man who refuses to get a real job so you just do whatever you feel like and you call it art. If you’re in your mid 20s and you call yourself an artist, what that actually means is - I haven’t done anything with my life yet and it’s already a quarter over. It also means you’re probably destined to smell really bad
We’re already coming off as art hating elitists, probably the opposite of what people thought Beyond Killa was.
What is your show Nu Camo about?
It’s one out of the 24 useless years of our lives.
It’s the most work we’ve ever put into anything and it’s still a joke. An experimentation in abstraction at a very poor level; it’s camouflage, but done better than anyone else has ever done it in the past.
Yeah it’s like if you’re looking at a camo bucket hat at a festival and then punch a huge DMT cone and then look at the camo bucket hat a second time; that’s us, that’s kind of the experience we want it to be.
What’s your plan if this whole art thing doesn’t pan out?
Move to Athens and not pay any taxes and marry a hot greek girl.
Become an apprentice tiler, get a hilux, find a nice greek girl in Westlakes and settle down - and start getting into footy, just enjoy it. If art doesn’t work out I’m gonna have to learn the rules of AFL; if you cant talk about art you’re gonna have to learn to talk about footy.
I feel like making art is all tied in to being a piece of shit, so if it doesn’t work out we should both probably stop being unemployable losers.
What are you working on next?
Tiling apprenticeship. Focussing on our art direction/design company, ReAngle, working on another exhibition.
Will try and enjoy the fringe for two weeks.
See Nu Camo, an art exhibition by Beyond Killa at The Mill, opening on March 4, and a show of lino prints by Lucas Croall at The Stag on Rundle Street through the fringe, and catch a solo exhibition by Gab Cole at The Mill in May.
Follow @beyondkilla on Instagram.